Egypt to reopen Rafah for Eid al-Fitr 14Aug12 August 14, 2012

Ma’an News Agency   -   13 August 2012

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Egyptian authorities have promised to reopen the Rafah crossing for the Eid al-Fitr holiday expected to take place this weekend, a Gaza official said Monday.

Mahir Abu Sabha, director of crossings in the the Hamas-run government, told Ma’an that the land port will be opened in both directions before the Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of Ramadan.

Egypt may even open the border on Tuesday, Abu Sabha added, the day Muslims mark Laylat al-Qadr, one of the holiest nights in Ramadan.

Around 3,700 Gazans returned to the coastal enclave on Friday after being stranded in Egypt while the Rafah crossing was closed, the Gaza official said.

Meanwhile, Gaza’s Minister of Interior, Fathi Hammad, on Monday urged Egypt’s President Mursi to take an immediate decision to reopen the Rafah crossing.

After gunmen killed 16 Egyptian border guards on Sunday, Egypt closed its border with the Gaza Strip and sealed smuggling tunnels that provide a lifeline to the besieged territory.

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