Egypt to open Rafah border for 3 days

Palestinian ambassador in Cairo, Barakat Al-Farra, said on Wednesday that the Rafah crossing between Egypt and Gaza will be opened for three days starting Saturday.

Al-Farra, who has been recently engaged in negotiations with Egyptian authorities over the crossing, stressed that “only students, and those with essential and humanitarian needs” will be allowed to pass.

On 15 August, Egypt closed the Rafah crossing with the Gaza Strip “indefinitely,” citing security fears due to unrest following the removal of president Mohamed Morsi. Since then, Egyptian authorities have been opening the crossing occasionally for “emergencies.”

Tensions have been on the rise between the Egyptian government and Hamas – an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood – since former Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, who hails from the Brotherhood, was ousted by the army on 3 July amid mass protests against his one-year rule.

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