Mideast: Gaza, Egypt reopens Rafah crossing for 2 days

Decision possibly linked to Islamic Jihad mission to Cairo

09 March, 16:52

    The Rafah crossing The Rafah crossing

    (ANSAmed) - GAZA - Egyptian authorities on Monday authorized the reopening for two days of the Rafah crossing between the Sinai desert and the Gaza Strip. The measure - which was taken as tension between Hamas and Cairo officials remains high - had been anxiously awaited for weeks by thousands of Palestinians who were stuck in Egypt and wanted to head back to Gaza, as well as students and Gaza Strip residents who urgently needed treatment abroad.
    According to local press reports, the reopening of the crossing was connected to a mission carried out in Cairo by members of Islamic jihad. Other sources added that PNA President Abu Mazen is about to meet Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi in Cairo to discuss bilateral issues.
    Hamas has so far been excluded from these contacts and has been labeled by Egyptian leaders as a ''terror organization''.

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