Egypt to Open the Rafah Crossing for Three Days Starting Saturday

Egyptian soldiers at the Egypt-Rafah border crossing. (Photo: IRIN, file)

The Egyptian authorities have decided to open the Rafah crossing for three days in two ways starting Saturday to allow Palestinians to get in and out of the Gaza Strip.

Sources have told Sama News Agency that the Egyptian authorities will open Rafah crossing for three days following an appeal to the Egyptian authorities made by Palestinian MP and former Fatah leader Mohammed Dahlan.

The same sources added that the Egyptian decision to open the crossing comes in line with the new Egyptian policy towards Gaza, which includes opening the Rafah crossing for longer periods.

The sources noted that the Egyptian leadership “does not object opening the Rafah crossing 24/7, and the only obstacle to do this is the worsening security situation in the Sinai.”

The sources added that “A strategic Egyptian decision was made in this regard and the coming days and weeks will witness a translation of the new Egyptian vision towards Gaza and its people.”

The situation at the Rafah crossing has seen some improvement recently with Egypt opening the border crossing with Gaza for longer periods.

Many observers believe that the Egyptian move is part of Egypt’s non-satisfaction with the PA president Mahmoud Abbas and to further support his rival, former Fatah leader Mohammed Dahlan.

(SAMA, PC, Social Media)

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