Rafah Crossing Opens to Allow Hundreds of Palestinians to Return to Gaza

A file photo of Palestinian security forces in Gaza deployed at the Rafah crossing with Egypt. (Photo: via Twitter)

The Egyptian authorities today opened Rafah crossing with the Gaza Strip to allow hundreds of stranded Palestinians to return home, according to Palestinian news agency WAFA.

The crossing will remain open for four days to allow hundreds of Gazan who were getting treatment in Egyptian hospitals and their companions, students, businessmen and residents – who were visiting relatives abroad when the borders were closed due to the outbreak of coronavirus – to return to the Gaza Strip.

Upon their return, they will be placed in a 14-day quarantine to make sure none carry the infection before they will be allowed to interact with people.

With 13 coronavirus cases already confirmed in the Gaza Strip, hospitals that were once overwhelmed by gunshot wounds and amputations are now gearing up for a very different challenge in a densely populated, coastal enclave of two million Palestinians, many living in refugee camps.

(Palestine Chronicle, WAFA, Social Media)

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