De facto report: Rafah crossing opened twice in 2010
Published Saturday 24/04/2010 (updated) 25/04/2010 16:43
A Palestinian man waits to cross into Egypt through the Rafah border crossing in
the southern Gaza Strip on 27 June 2009. The Rafah crossing opened on
Saturday for three days for Palestinians with humanitarian cases, a Palestinian
border official said. The Rafah crossing, Gaza`s only border crossing with Egypt,
Gaza – Ma'an – Egyptian authorities have kept the Rafah crossing closed for the past 55 days, with only two border openings since the start of 2010, a report by the de facto border administration said Saturday.
"The crossing's sporadic opening periods have increased suffering and accumulated the number of stranded patients, injured and students with Gaza residency who need to travel in both directions," the report noted.
The border was opened on 3 January 2010 for four consecutive days, with 3,356 residents leaving Gaza while 1,211 residents returned through Rafah, the report said.
At the beginning of March, the crossing was further opened for five consecutive days, which saw 4,378 Gaza residents leave with 833 entering.
Since then, the crossing has only been open for special cases. The de facto border administration said on Thursday and Friday, that the crossing saw 161 travelers return to Gaza, most of whom completed treatment in Egypt, and those stranded by the closures. Four individuals were sent back for unknown reasons, while two Gaza residents left for Egypt with special coordination.
The de facto government committee report said the northern Erez crossing between Israel and Gaza was partially open on Thursday and Friday. Below are the statistics gathered by the crossings administration.
Leaving on Thursday via Erez were:
85 Gaza residents of which 36 were patients accompanied by 35 companions;
4 with permission to visit;
2 for commerce;
4 for interviews;
66 foreign nationals;
11 Palestinians with either Israeli citizenship or ID cards;
162 in total.
Entering on Thursday were:
107 Gaza residents among them three returning from treatment;
10 with work permits;
2 for meetings;
1 for study;
1 with Israeli residency (deported);
1 former detainee (deported);
4 for trade;
4 for interviews;
21 foreign nationals;
16 Palestinians with either Israeli citizenship or Israeli ID cards;
144 in total.
Leaving on Friday:
19 Gaza residents, of whom four left for treatment with four companions;
4 for visits;
7 with permission to work;
11 foreign nationals;
9 Palestinians with either Israeli citizenship or Israeli ID cards;
39 in total.
Entering on Friday:
41 Gaza residents, 15 of whom completed treatment and 20 companions;
4 with work permits
2 for trade;
10 foreign nationals;
51 in total
Record transit in April
Exit Gaza/ Enter Gaza
Rafah - 56/128
Erez - 223/221
Rafah -5 /1
Erez - 0
Rafah - 195/212
Erez - 27/192
1 April - 8 April
Rafah - 3/175