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Egypt reopens border crossing with Gaza after four day closure

Published on 12 August 2013
Written by Alternative Information Center (AIC)

Egyptian authorities will reopen the Rafah border crossing with Gaza at 11.00 a.m. local time Monday, following four days of complete closure for the holiday of Eid al Fitr.


The Palestinian Authority in Gaza reaffirmed that the border crossing will continue to function under the "emergency plan" developed by Egypt following its July regime change. Only holders of foreign passports and patients possessing health certificates from the Palestinian Health Ministry are allowed to cross into Egypt. The border is also open only four hours daily, as compared with nine each day previously.


The Rafah crossing is the primary entry and exit point into Gaza for Palestinians following Israel's imposition of a siege on Gaza from 2007.  


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