28 May '11, 10am

Egypt opens its Rafah border with Gaza strip

Egypt opens its Rafah border with Gaza strip

A Palestinian woman waits to cross into Egypt through the Rafah border terminal in the southern Gaza Strip on May 26, 2011, a day after the official MENA news agency reported that Egypt will open the crossing on a daily basis starting this weekend in a bid to ease the blockade on the Gaza Strip. -- PHOTO: AFP RAFAH, Palestinian Territories - EGYPT on Saturday reopened its Rafah border with the Gaza Strip, allowing people to cross freely for the first time in four years, an AFP correspondent reported. Among the first to cross the reopened border post were two ambulances ferrying patients from the hitherto-blockaded Gaza Strip for treatment in Egypt as well as a minibus carrying a dozen visitors. Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil al-Arabi announced on April 29, after the reconciliation of Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas, that the crossing would reopen permanently, stressi...

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