Gaza-Israel crossing point to open partially Monday

Published December 4th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

The Israeli army has told the Palestinians that Monday it plans to reopen the Rafah crossing point between Egypt and the Gaza Strip, which was closed November 8 after clashes, an official Palestinian source said.  


The source close to the Palestinian Authority said a meeting on the issue was held Sunday during which the Israelis announced their intention to open the crossing, but added a condition that was immediately rejected by the Palestinian side. 


"Israel wants from now on to carry out body checks on Palestinian employees (using the crossing) and cut their number from 200 to 50, which is unacceptable in our eyes," said the source. 


The same source added that the Israelis then said their side of the crossing would be open for several hours from Monday, without an official agreement. . — (AFP, Gaza City) 


© Agence France Presse 2000

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