Egypt to open the Rafah border for a month


Published: 2018-05-18 13:07

Last Updated: 2018-05-18 13:07

Photo of the Rafah border
Photo of the Rafah border
Roya News Source

Egyptian authorities announced it will open the Rafah border with Gaza the whole month of Ramadan, Al-Ahram newspaper reported early Friday.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi wrote on his official account on Facebook that he directed the related authorities to open the border “to ease the suffering of the brothers in the Gaza Strip.”

Egypt had announced earlier last week it would open the Rafah border for four consecutive days starting from Saturday, and renewed the opening for one more day.

More than 30 000 Palestinians are queued to travel through the Egyptian border for humanitarian reasons, especially with the large number of injuries after the deadly confrontations between protestors and Israeli forces started on March 30.

Senior Hamas officials assured Egypt will try to lighten the decade-long blockade on Gaza.

The announcement came after Hamas leader Ismael Haneyya went to Egypt after 60 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces near the borders of Gaza on Monday as hundreds demonstrated against the U.S. embassy opening in Jerusalem.

After the visit, the mass sit-in tents were removed and number of demonstrators started to decrease.