Egypt briefly opens Rafah crossing for humanitarian reasons

August 17, 2013 17:34

Egypt briefly opened he Rafah border crossing to allow 50 people stranded in the Gaza Strip to cross for humanitarian reasons, AFP quoted the Hamas Interior Ministry as saying.

On Thursday, Egypt announced the crossing would be closed "indefinitely" a day after violent clashes started across the country between government forces and supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood.The crossing has been opened to "allow through international travelers" who hold foreign passports and "humanitarian cases," the Hamas interior ministry said according to AFP.

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