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Rafah crossing to open for 1 day tomorrow

Palestinians wait behind fences for relatives coming through the Rafah border [Abed Rahim Khatib/Apaimages]
Palestinians wait behind fences for relatives coming through the Rafah border [Abed Rahim Khatib/Apaimages]

The Rafah crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip is to be opened for one day tomorrow.

Egyptian authorities announced yesterday that they would allow Palestinians stuck in Egypt to enter Gaza.

According to the statement, “hundreds of youths” had left from Gaza to Egypt earlier in the week to take part in a youth conference and are expected to return tomorrow.

Egypt has upheld an Israeli military blockade on the Gaza Strip since the ousting of former President Mohamed Morsi in 2013 and the rise to power of President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi in Egypt.

According to the United Nations, during 2016, the crossing was partially opened for only 44 days. In 2015, the crossing had only been open for 21 days.

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