Egypt re-opens border crossing into Gaza
Palestinians wait near their luggage at the Rafah border terminal in the southern Gaza Strip before crossing into neighbouring Egypt on August 24, 2013. AFP PHOTO SAID KHATIB
EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma'an) -- Egyptian authorities opened the Rafah crossing on the border with Gaza for four hours on Saturday, an official said.
Sami Mitwalli, director of the Egyptian side of the terminal, said earlier that the crossing would open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Mitwalli told Ma'an that 950 people used the Rafah crossing on Saturday, with 650 entering Gaza and 300 going to Egypt.
Egypt announced it was closing the Rafah crossing "indefinitely" on Aug. 15 for security reasons after deadly violence nationwide.
The crossing is the only way most Palestinians in Gaza can enter or leave the territory. Israel imposes an air and sea blockade on the enclave, and its border is closed to Palestinians.
Egypt partially reopened the crossing on Aug. 17 for international travelers with foreign passports and humanitarian cases, but shut down the terminal on Monday after a deadly attack nearby that killed 25 soldiers.