Egypt reopened its border crossing
with the Gaza Strip on Saturday after four days of it being
closed, allowing stranded passengers to cross in and out of the
Palestinian territory that is controlled by the Islamist Hamas
Hamas, an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, has ruled Gaza
since 2007 and has an uneasy relationship with Egypt's new
army-backed leadership, which toppled the elected Islamist
president, Mohamed Mursi, a Hamas ally, last month.
Thousands of Palestinians, including students and patients
seeking medical treatment, have been unable to travel to Egypt
since the Rafah border crossing was shut and hundreds wanting to
return home have been stranded outside the Gaza Strip.