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Rafah crossing continues to operate; 1,400 expected to leave to Egypt

Sept. 21, 2008 9:36 A.M. (Updated: Sept. 21, 2008 9:36 A.M.)
Gaza - Ma'an - The Rafah crossing between Egypt and the southern Gaza Strip continued to operate on Sunday, allowing stranded students, patients and other citizens with foreign passports to travel through Egypt.

Eyhab Al-Ghussein, the spokesman of the de facto government interior ministry announced Sunday morning that the day would be dedicated to the passage of students and people living abroad. Those with passports or visas for Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Sweden, Canada, Syria, Algeria, Turkey, Libya and the United States, however, cannot pass into Egypt on Sunday.

According to Al-Ghussein, 800 students and 500 hundred citizens working and living will leave the Strip on Sunday, as well as 100 others for whom Egypt has requested special passage. He explained that Saturday about 110 Hajj pilgrims crossed the borders heading to Saudi Arabia as well as 280 patients and 100 attendants. Two hundred holders of foreign passports also left the Gaza Strip and 300 came back into the area.

The de facto government interior ministry applauded the Egyptian work during the opening of the crossing, and said they hoped the Rafah would continue to operate at full capacity, and thus break the siege imposed on the Gaza Strip.

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