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Rafah border will open Saturday and Sunday; strict procedures to be in effect

Aug. 29, 2008 11:36 A.M. (Updated: Aug. 29, 2008 11:36 A.M.)
Gaza - Ma'an - Terms have been set for Gazans wishing to cross into Egypt via the Raffa crossing, which will open on Saturday and Sunday.

Gazans, as well as Egyptians stranded in the Strip, have been asked to gather at the playground in front of Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis, where criteria for those permitted to cross will be explained in detail.

The plan for the opening, as explained by Muhammad Edwan, spokesperson for the borders administration affiliated with the de facto government on Friday, was that after conditions are explained to waiting citizens; those matching the criteria will begin the crossing process. The crossing, he added, will be completed in several stages, as an effort to ensure that the crossing is not stormed as it was in January.

On Thursday Gazan officials confirmed the rumor that a small number of Palestinians would be allowed through the crossing, which is being principally opened to allow stranded Egyptian nationals through.

Two hundred Egyptian citizens, mostly women and children have been trapped in Gaza since January after they crossed into the Strip after Palestinians forced their way through the border in an act of popular disobedience. Egypt resealed the border in February.

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