Egyptian President to open Gaza border for a month

Evarado Alatorre
May 18, 2018

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has made a rare decision to open the Rafah crossing with Gaza for a month, allowing Palestinians to cross during the holy period of Ramadan.

President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi said on his Twitter account that he had issued "instructions to the concerned agencies to take the necessary measures to continue the opening of the Rafah crossing during the holy month of Ramadan, in order to ease the burden on the brothers in Gaza". The Rafah crossing is Gaza's only gateway to the outside world not controlled by Israel, and Egypt has largely sealed it in recent years, citing security threats.

Minister of Health Ahmed Emad Eddine he has been "instructed by the political leadership" to receive the Palestinians injured during the Israeli aggression and treat them in Egyptian hospitals.

Last Saturday, Egypt had opened the border for traffic in both directions with the intention of keeping it open for four days.

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The announcement comes days after Israeli fire killed almost 60 Palestinians during a protest along the Gaza border.

A total of 114 Gazans have been killed in border protests and clashes since March 30, in the run-up to the controversial opening of the USA embassy in Jerusalem this week.

Hamas leader Ismail Haniya paid a brief visit on Sunday to Egypt, where he met with the director of the intelligence services, Abbas Kamel.

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