Egypt Decides to Open Gaza Crossing Partially
NEWS, 21 Feb 2011
Egyptian authorities decided on Friday [18 Feb 2011] to open the Rafah border crossing into the Gaza Strip for humanitarian cases and to allow Palestinians stuck in Egypt to return to the enclave, state television reported.
The Rafah crossing links Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula to the Gaza Strip, which is run by the Hamas Islamist group. It was the first time the crossing had been opened since President Hosni Mubarak was toppled a week ago.
His administration cooperated with Israel in enforcing a blockade on the territory, building an underground barrier to try to prevent smuggling through tunnels and opening the passenger crossing only occasionally.
Writing by Tom Perry; editing by David Stamp.
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