Egypt reopens Gaza crossing

The Rafah border crossing is the only route into the Gaza Strip not controlled by IsraelEgypt reopened the Rafah border crossing with Gaza on Wednesday for the first time since its closure in late October after a bombing in the Sinai Peninsula, officials said. The crossing, which is the only access point to the Palestinian territory not controlled by Israel, will open for four hours on both Wednesday and Thursday, a government official said. “The crossing is being opened for two days to help traffic mainly from Egypt to Gaza,” the official said, suggesting that for now the reopening was only temporary. The United Nations says more than 3,500 Palestinians have been stranded on the Egyptian side since the crossing was closed after a suicide attack killed 30 soldiers in the North Sinai on October 24.

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