Rafah Border Opens For 2 Days for Humanitarian Cases

The Rafah border crossing. (Photo: via Al-Jazeera)

The Rafah crossing will be open on Saturday and Sunday for humanitarian cases and for foreign passport holders, a Palestinian official said.

Wael Abu Omar, a Gaza Interior Ministry official, told Ma’an: “Egyptian authorities informed us that the Rafah crossing would be opened on Saturday and Sunday in both directions for humanitarian cases and foreigners.”

He added that the crossing would open for sick, permit holders, and urgent humanitarian cases.

The third group of pilgrims leave Gaza Friday heading for Saudi Arabia. Eight hundred pilgrims passed through the crossing today as part of a three day period during which Rafah has been opened to allow them to leave Gaza.

Approximately 787 pilgrims travelled through the border yesterday, nine of whom were returned by the Egyptian authorities without explanation.

The Rafah border crossing was most recently opened in early July, when some 3,099 people left Gaza during the five-day opening for humanitarian purposes.


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