Egypt accepts over 100 wounded Palestinians through Rafah border crossing

Published August 1st, 2014 - 07:53 GMT

Egypt on Thursday received 104 wounded Palestinians and some of their relatives through the Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip, state news agency MENA reported.

A source in Rafah told MENA that the border was opened to allow in wounded Palestinians for treatment in Egyptian hospitals.

The move comes on the back of intensifying violence in the coastal strip.

Egyptian authorities have largely kept the crossing closed since former president Mohamed Morsi's removal, citing security concerns in the restive Sinai Peninsula where an Islamist insurgency is burgeoning.

The closure of the passage has taken a toll on an estimated 1.7 million Palestinians living in the Hamas-dominated Gaza Strip, under a crippling Israeli siege since 2006.

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