Egypt to temporarily re-open Rafah border for entry into Gaza

By JPOST.COM STAFF
May 25, 2015 10:10

Egypt will partially open its border crossing with Gaza for two days after months of completely sealing it off.

According to al-Arabiya news, the Rafah border crossing will be open for those from Egypt to enter Gaza on Tuesday and Wednesday. However, people in Gaza will not be allowed to enter Egypt. The reason for this is unclear.

The decision came after "high-level correspondence" between Egypt and the palestinian embassy in the country.

The border was completely closed off after two attacks in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula killed 33 security personnel on October 24, 2014. It was considered some of the worst anti-state violence since Islamist President Mohamed Morsi was overthrown last year.

The violence prompted Egypt to declare a three-month state of emergency in parts of North Sinai, where the attacks took place.

A month after the attacks, on November 26, Egypt temporarily re-opened the Rafah border crossing to allow thousands of stranded Palestinians to return to Gaza but the border remained closed to traffic going the other way.

Reuters contributed to this report.



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