Egypt opens Gaza border for month of Ramadan: president

The decision to keep the crossing open was taken “to alleviate the suffering” of residents

Abdel-Fattah Al Sisi, Egypt’s president, gestures as he speaks during a Bloomberg Television interview on day two of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland.

Cairo: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi has made a rare decision to open the Rafah crossing with Gaza for a month, allowing Palestinians to cross during Ramadan.

The decision to keep the crossing open was taken “to alleviate the suffering” of residents in the Palestinian enclave, Sisi said on Facebook late Thursday.

The Rafah crossing is Gaza’s only gateway to the outside world not controlled by Israel, but Egypt has largely sealed it in recent years, citing security threats.

 

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