Gaza’s Rafah Crossing Opens Under PA Control for the First Time in a Decade

Published November 18th, 2017 - 10:07 GMT
For the first time in ten years, the Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt is manned by security forces loyal to the national unity government of the Palestinian Authority (Said Khatib/AFP)
For the first time in ten years, the Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt is manned by security forces loyal to the national unity government of the Palestinian Authority (Said Khatib/AFP)

For the first time in ten years, the Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt is manned by security forces loyal to the national unity government of the Palestinian Authority. 

On Saturday morning Egypt opened that border crossing for a three day period to allow students, valid visa holders and the sick to enter Egypt. Hundreds of Palestinian security officials, clad in the uniforms of the PA, greeted those leaving Gaza.

General Majid Faraj, head of the Palestinian Security Services, visited the Gaza strip on Friday and met with Hamas leaders, including Hamas military leader Yahya Sinwar, to coordinate the border crossing opening and manning.

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