EGYPT TEMPORARILY OPENS RAFAH CROSSING POINT ON BORDER WITH GAZA STRIP

GAZA, Palestine, Egypt on Saturday temporarily opened Rafah crossing point on the border with the Gaza Strip, in both directions, for three days, according to an official statement.

It’s the second time since Jun, 2007, the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) is in charge of running the Palestinian side of the crossing, in coordination with Hamas security, which is present in Gaza.

A statement by the PNA borders and crossings corporation, emailed to reporters, said that, the mechanism of running the crossing is based on sharing the job.

The interior ministry of Hamas takes care of the lists of the registered passengers, who want to travel through the crossing, and the traffic police arranges the movement outside the crossing point, while the PNA presidential guards and PNA police and security will be present at the crossing, to arrange the movement of the passengers to the Egyptian side, according to the statement.

The crossing of Rafah was fully closed by Egypt since Hamas seized control of the Gaza Strip in Jun, 2007. However, Egypt temporarily opened it for a few days for humanitarian cases and to enable stranded Palestinians to cross in Gaza.

Running the Rafah crossing point by the PNA was part of a reconciliation agreement signed in Cairo between Hamas and Fatah last Oct. The agreement enables the PNA to take over control of the Gaza Strip.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK