Egypt Reopens Border Crossing with Gaza for Two Days

//Egypt Reopens Border Crossing with Gaza for Two Days

Egypt Reopens Border Crossing with Gaza for Two Days

By | 2014-12-21T07:58:31+00:00 December 21st, 2014|Middle East|0 Comments

Egyptian authorities said they will reopen the Rafah border with the Gaza Strip on Sunday and Monday, the second time the crossing has been opened since 33 Egyptian soldiers were killed in a car bomb attack in late October. 

The move was part of the state of emergency declared in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula and has affected millions of people living in the besieged enclave, since it is the only route into the Palestinian territory that is not controlled by Israel. 

The Palestinian diplomatic mission in Cairo said in a statement that the crossing will open in one direction only, to allow people as well as humanitarian aid to reach Gaza.

The crossing was opened for a two-day period back on November 26.

Egypt has mostly kept the crossing closed since the military coup against former president Mohamed Morsi in 2013, with authorities citing “security concerns” in the Sinai Peninsula, where Islamist militants have been fighting Egyptian armed forces. 

The situation in Gaza continues due to deteriorate due to the Israeli blockade, which is also compounded by the Egypt’s closing of the only crossing that bypasses Israel. 

Many patients who require medical treatment not available in Gaza travel through Rafah while Palestinian students also pass through the crossing to attend universities in Egypt or elsewhere abroad. 

In June, Israel launched a military on the the enclave, killing some 2,140 Palestinians, mostly civilians including woman and children, and leaving more than 11,000 others injured. Over 100,000 of Gazans also still remain homeless as a result of the attacks.