Rafah border opened during Ramadan, Palestine thanks Sisi
CAIRO – 18 May 2018: The Palestinian Embassy in Cairo expressed its gratitude for President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi “for his continuous efforts to ease the burdens of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip,” a statement said on Friday.
On Thursday, the Egyptian leader directed authorities to take the necessary measures to keep the Rafah border crossing open throughout the holy month of Ramadan.
“I issued directives to take the necessary measures to keep the Rafah border crossing open throughout the holy month of Ramadan in a bid to relieve some of the burdens suffered by our brothers in the Gaza strip,” Sisi posted on Facebook and Twitter.
أصدرت توجيهاتى للأجهزة المعنية بإتخاذ ما يلزم لإستمرار فتح معبر رفح البرى طوال شهر رمضان المبارك وذلك ضماناً لتخفيف الأعباء عن الأشقاء فى قطاع غزه#تحيا_مصر— Abdelfattah Elsisi (@AlsisiOfficial) May 17, 2018
“This highly appreciated step is considered a good initiative by His Excellency President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and the Egyptian leadership in the holy month of Ramadan,” the statement added.
On May 14, Egypt dispatched humanitarian aid, food, relief and medical supplies to Gaza while keeping the Rafah crossing open for individuals and those injured in the Israeli attacks on the strip.
This crossing is mainly specialized for individual movements across borders, and was being prepared for the transfer of goods between the two courtiers.
The importance of Rafah border crossing increased after Israeli forces destroyed the Yasser Arafat International Airport in 2001; which was the only airport allowing Palestinians to travel.
Palestinian authorities thanked Egypt for continuously opening the crossing in a statement issued February 21, stressing that the decision represents the Egyptian government’s keenness to ease the Palestinian people’s suffering.