Rafah crossing between Egypt, Gaza remains open for stranded passengers, humanitarian cases

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Mon, 11 Oct 2021 - 01:19 GMT

A Palestinian boy waits with his family for a travel permit to cross into Egypt through Rafah border crossing after it was opened by Egyptian authorities for humanitarian cases, in Gaza Strip 2017. REUTERS

A Palestinian boy waits with his family for a travel permit to cross into Egypt through Rafah border crossing after it was opened by Egyptian authorities for humanitarian cases, in Gaza Strip 2017. REUTERS

CAIRO - 11 October 2021: Egyptian authorities on Tuesday continued operating Rafah border crossing on both sides acting upon the directives of the political leadership to facilitate the transit of stranded Palestinians and the entry of aid and construction materials to the Gaza Strip.


The authorities responsible for managing the terminal said administrative and technical staff are on hand to speed up the completion of travel procedures and the entry of relief aid and construction materials into the Palestinian enclave.
 

The crossing has been opened according to directives of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi since May 16, 2021. This comes within the framework of the Egyptian efforts to alleviate the suffering of the Palestinian citizen in the strip, restore the normal life of people in Gaza and start the reconstruction process.

It is also part of the Egyptian commitment announced by Sisi to quickly improve the living conditions of the Gaza dwellers.

On May 7, clashes began between Israeli forces in the West Bank and Jerusalem and civilians as the latter were protesting forced displacement, particularly from Sheikh Jarrah in Eastern Jerusalem, and assaults on worshippers in Al Aqsa Mosque. And, on May 10-20, Israel shelled and carried out airstrikes against Gaza Strip.

The violence and aggression across Palestinian territories incurred 243 deaths, including 66 children, and 6,039 injuries, as reported by the Palestinian News and Information Agency (WAFA).

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