Egypt to partly reopen Rafah crossing on Thursday

Egypt to partly reopen Rafah crossing on Thursday
# 09 July 2013 18:26 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Egypt will reopen the main crossing point to the Gaza Strip partly Thursday after five days of consecutive closure, an official from Gaza's Hamas authority said Tuesday, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

Only patients and holders of foreign passports would be allowed to leave the Gaza Strip through Rafah crossing point when it opens for six hours on Thursday, said Ghazi Hamad of Hamas' ministry of foreign affairs, adding that Palestinians stranded in Egypt and other countries can return to Gaza via Rafah.

On Friday, Egypt closed the crossing following clashes between its military and insurgents in the volatile North Sinai, which borders Gaza.

There are about 2,000 Palestinians stuck in El-Arish city, the main town of North Sinai, and 1,350 others in Saudi Arabia waiting for days to return to Gaza after performing minor pilgrimage to Mecca.

Last week, the Egyptian military ousted President Mohammed Morsi and appointed an interim president in response to public protests that called for early presidential polls, a move which Hamas said would not affect the Palestinian enclave it controls since 2007.

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