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Rafah crossing opens for two days for stranded Palestinians
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11:24, September 21, 2008

Rafah crossing opens for two days for stranded Palestinians
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Egypt opens its border with Gaza Strip on Saturday and Sunday to allow passage of stranded Palestinians who want to perform minor pilgrimage to Mecca (Omra) and the patients who want to take medical treatment, Palestinian security sources said.

The Hamas-controlled interior ministry in Gaza said Rafah border crossing will remain partially open until late Sunday. During the opening days, Palestinians stranded at the Egyptian side will be able to cross into Gaza.

Egypt maintained the closure of Rafah crossing since Hamas took over control of Gaza Strip by force last year after routing the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) regular forces. But it used to open it occasionally before humanitarian cases.


Palestinians wait to cross the Rafah border crossing in the southern Gaza Strip on Sept. 20, 2008. Egypt opens its border with Gaza Strip on Saturday and Sunday to allow passage of stranded Palestinians who want to perform minor pilgrimage to Mecca (Omra) and the patients who want to take medical treatment. (Xinhua Photo)


The last time Egypt coordinated a similar opening of Rafah crossing with Hamas was in last August.

According to Hamas interior ministry, the people registered for Omra this year were some 600 and they will be allowed to cross into Egypt on Saturday along with the patients and the holders of Arab and foreign passports. On Sunday, the students are allowed to cross into Egypt.

Hamas prepared the lists of the travelers in advance to prevent the flow of hundreds of thousands of residents to Rafah crossing. Egypt also applied strict criteria when approving the names of the travelers Hamas authorities presented.


Palestinians wait to cross the Rafah border crossing in the southern Gaza Strip on Sept. 20, 2008. Egypt opens its border with Gaza Strip on Saturday and Sunday to allow passage of stranded Palestinians who want to perform minor pilgrimage to Mecca (Omra) and the patients who want to take medical treatment. (Xinhua Photo)


According to a U.S.-brokered protocol the Rafah crossing cannot work without the presence of security forces of Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas and European Union monitors.

The pro-Abbas forces lost control of the Gaza Strip for Hamas last year and the EU, that does not recognize Hamas, withdrew its monitors from Rafah. Hamas also does not recognize the 2005 international protocol on Rafah.


A Palestinian waits to cross the Rafah border crossing in the southern Gaza Strip on Sept. 20, 2008. Egypt opens its border with Gaza Strip on Saturday and Sunday to allow passage of stranded Palestinians who want to perform minor pilgrimage to Mecca (Omra) and the patients who want to take medical treatment. (Xinhua Photo)


Source: Xinhua



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