Egypt opens border crossing with Gaza
Published: August 18, 2015 2:51 pm
18 August 2015, Nirapad News: Egyptian authorities have opened the Rafah crossing with the besieged Gaza Strip, allowing Palestinians to travel in both directions for the first time in two months.
The border crossing, Gaza’s only gateway to the outside world with no Israeli control, opened on Monday for four days.
Palestinian border official Khaled al-Shaer said about 20,000 people have applied to use the crossing.
Gazans seeking medical care and students are among those expected to cross.
Last week, the Gaza-based interior ministry called on Egypt ‘to assess the difficult humanitarian conditions in Gaza and open the Rafah crossing urgently to save what can be saved’.
The crossing has been opened for a total of just 15 days this year.
Israel has imposed a blockade on Gaza – which residents refer to as an ‘open-air prison’ – since 2007.
The border crossing has largely been shut since president Mohamed Mursi was toppled by the Egyptian army in 2013.