Palestinians gather at the Rafah boder crossing as they wait to travel into Egypt after the passage was opened for three days for humanitarian cases, in the southern Gaza Strip April 12, 2018. / AFP / SAID KHATIB Palestinians gather at the Rafah boder crossing as they wait to travel into Egypt after the passage was opened for three days for humanitarian cases, in the southern Gaza Strip April 12, 2018. / AFP / SAID KHATIB

In Pics: Egypt opens Rafah crossing for 3 days starting Thursday

Thu, Apr. 12, 2018
CAIRO – 12 April 2018: Palestinian Embassy to Egypt announced Wednesday opening the Rafah Crossing in both directions for three days from April 12-14.
In a statement by the embassy, Palestinian Ambassador Diab al-Louh thanked President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi for his continuous keenness to ease the suffering of the Palestinian people. Louh also wished Egyptians safety and security.

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Palestinians gather at the Rafah boder crossing as they wait to travel into Egypt after the passage was opened for three days for humanitarian cases, in the southern Gaza Strip April 12, 2018. / AFP / SAID KHATIB




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Palestinians bid farewell as they prepare to travel into Egypt after the Rafah border crossing was opened for three days for humanitarian cases, in the southern Gaza Strip April 12, 2018. / AFP / SAID KHATIB


Egypt’s government usually opens the Rafah Crossing for the humanitarian cases for several days in a row, providing all the needed aid to the Palestinian people and allowing them to cross.

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Palestinians gather at the Rafah boder crossing as they wait to travel into Egypt after the passage was opened for three days for humanitarian cases, in the southern Gaza Strip April 12, 2018. / AFP / SAID KHATIB


The Rafah border crossing is one of the most important crossings between Egypt and Gaza which was formally under Gazan authorities’ control.

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Palestinians gather at the Rafah boder crossing as they wait to travel into Egypt after the passage was opened for three days for humanitarian cases, in the southern Gaza Strip April 12, 2018. / AFP / SAID KHATIB



This crossing is mainly specialized for individual movements across borders, and was being prepared for the transfer of goods between the two courtiers. The Rafah Crossing's importance was highlighted after Israeli forces destroyed the Yasser Arafat International Airport in 2001; which was the only airport allowing Palestinians to travel.


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Palestinians gather at the Rafah boder crossing as they wait to travel into Egypt after the passage was opened for three days for humanitarian cases, in the southern Gaza Strip April 12, 2018. / AFP / SAID KHATIB



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Palestinians gather at the Rafah boder crossing as they wait to travel into Egypt after the passage was opened for three days for humanitarian cases, in the southern Gaza Strip April 12, 2018. / AFP / SAID KHATIB



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Palestinians gather at the Rafah boder crossing as they wait to travel into Egypt after the passage was opened for three days for humanitarian cases, in the southern Gaza Strip April 12, 2018. / AFP / SAID KHATIB
 
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