Israel to keep Rafah crossing open during Ramadan

October 5, 2006 12:51

Israel has agreed to open the Gaza-Egypt border crossing at regular intervals during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, a US State Department official said Thursday. The crossing was opened Wednesday for the second time since Ramadan began late last month, while State Department spokesman Sean McCormack, said Israel's decision to open it more regularly was a positive step. "We are encouraged by this decision, the first toward restoration of normal operations at the crossing," said McCormack, who accompanied US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice during her trip to the region. The Rafah border, Gaza's only crossing to the outside world, has been largely closed for most of the past few months, adding to the difficult humanitarian conditions in the area.

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