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Egypt opens Gaza border crossing for three days

Gaza's border crossing into Egypt is running under the Palestinian Authority's control for the first time in a decade.

Published: 18th November 2017 02:27 PM  |   Last Updated: 18th November 2017 02:27 PM   |  A+A-

Egypt opened the Rafah crossing point Saturday for three days. (Photo | AP)

By Associated Press

RAFAH: Gaza's border crossing into Egypt is running under the Palestinian Authority's control for the first time in a decade.

Egypt opened the Rafah crossing point Saturday for three days on a humanitarian basis for the first time since the militant Hamas group ceded control of Gaza's crossings with Israel and Egypt to the Western-backed PA.

In 2007, Hamas wrested control of Gaza by force provoking an Israeli-Egyptian blockade that severely restricted the movement of most of Gaza's 2 million inhabitants.

Hamas withdrew from the crossings on Nov. 1, implementing the first step of an Egyptian-brokered deal to end the rift with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party.

Talks are to resume in Cairo this month to discuss the PA's expansion of its rule over Gaza and broader national issues.



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