Egypt opens Rafah for humanitarian cases
Published Sunday 29/09/2013 (updated) 03/10/2013 16:22
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Egyptian authorities reopened the Rafah crossing on Sunday for the second day in a row to allow humanitarian cases to cross, Gaza's interior ministry said.
Around 370 people traveled between the Gaza Strip and Egypt, as authorities opened the terminal for four hours, the Gaza ministry said.
Around 150 people traveled from Gaza to Egypt, while 220 Palestinians stranded in Egypt returned to their homes in Gaza.
On Saturday, over 300 people used the Rafah crossing after Egypt reopened the terminal between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Egyptian director of the Rafah terminal Sami Mitwali told Ma'an that the crossing will be opened again on Monday. On Wednesday it will be opened for Muslim residents of the Gaza Strip going on pilgrimage to Mecca.
There have been frequent closures of the Rafah terminal in recent weeks due to political unrest in Egypt and violence in the Sinai peninsula.
After the July coup, which deposed president Mohamed Morsi, Egypt's army has repeatedly closed the Rafah border crossing and destroyed hundreds of tunnels that Hamas used for years to import fuel, building materials and other goods.
The Rafah crossing has been the principal connection between Gaza's 1.8 million residents and the outside world since the destruction of Gaza's international airport in 2001 and the subsequent air and naval blockade.