A girl rests as she waits before leaving the Palestinian Rafah border crossing with Egypt, August 12, 2020. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem
CAIRO - 13 August 2020: Egypt resumed the operation of Rafah border crossing with Gaza after it was reopened exceptionally for three days for the Palestinians who are stranded at the border.
The border has been closed to prevent the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic since March 2020; however, it was exceptionally re-opened on Tuesday in both directions, as per a decision from the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi.
Two days ago, North Sinai governor Mohamed Abdel-Latif Shosha announced that the Egyptian authorities along with representatives from the Egyptian Ministry of Health would take all protective and precautionary measures at the border, while all the passengers have to wear face masks and gloves.
In a statement, Palestinian ambassador to Egypt Diab al-Louh thanked President Sisi for his decision of re-opening the borders in light of providing the facilitates need for the Palestinian people.