Egypt Opens Border with Gaza

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Egypt has opened the Rafah border crossing with the GazaStrip in both directions for the first time in two months.

The crossing is opened only for those already registered at the Hamas Interior Ministry as well as humanitarian cases.

The last time the crossing was opened in both the directions was on June 29 for five days. That was one of the four times the borders opened this year.

There were over 25,000 humanitarian cases registered for travelling through the border crossing.

West Bank home to some 1.9 million people, has been blockaded by Israel since Islamic Hamas movement seized control of the tiny enclave by force in 2007 after routing troops loyal to Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, who now rules the West Bank.

Egypt, which also shares border with Gaza, has been imposing restrictions on opening the Rafah crossing with the enclave after the removal of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in 2013.

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