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Egypt to open Rafah crossing for 2 days
Published Wednesday 08/01/2014 (updated) 09/01/2014 16:34
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Egyptian authorities opened the Rafah crossing with Gaza on Wednesday after a closure of more than two weeks.

Mahir Abu Sabha, Hamas' director of border crossings, said Egypt decided to open the terminal Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. after talks with Egyptian authorities.

The terminal will only be open for two days.

Passengers who registered to travel on Dec. 22 and 23 will be given priority, Abu Sabha said, and he advised others to avoid using the crossing to prevent overcrowding.

The Rafah crossing has been the principal connection between Gaza's 1.7 million residents and the outside world since the imposition of an economic blockade by Israel beginning in 2007.

Rafah has frequently been shut down or operating at reduced capacity in recent months due to ongoing unrest in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula and political turmoil resulting from former president Mohamed Morsi's ouster by the Egyptian military in July.
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