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De facto report: Rafah crossing opened twice in 2010

April 24, 2010 5:36 P.M. (Updated: April 25, 2010 4:43 P.M.)
Gaza – Ma'an – Egyptian authorities have kept the Rafah crossing closed for the past 55 days, with only two border openings since the start of 2010, a report by the de facto border administration said Saturday.

"The crossing's sporadic opening periods have increased suffering and accumulated the number of stranded patients, injured and students with Gaza residency who need to travel in both directions," the report noted.

The border was opened on 3 January 2010 for four consecutive days, with 3,356 residents leaving Gaza while 1,211 residents returned through Rafah, the report said.

At the beginning of March, the crossing was further opened for five consecutive days, which saw 4,378 Gaza residents leave with 833 entering.

Since then, the crossing has only been open for special cases. The de facto border administration said on Thursday and Friday, that the crossing saw 161 travelers return to Gaza, most of whom completed treatment in Egypt, and those stranded by the closures. Four individuals were sent back for unknown reasons, while two Gaza residents left for Egypt with special coordination.

Erez crossing

The de facto government committee report said the northern Erez crossing between Israel and Gaza was partially open on Thursday and Friday. Below are the statistics gathered by the crossings administration.

Leaving on Thursday via Erez were:

85 Gaza residents of which 36 were patients accompanied by 35 companions;

4 with permission to visit;

2 for commerce;

4 for interviews;

66 foreign nationals;

11 Palestinians with either Israeli citizenship or ID cards;

162 in total.

Entering on Thursday were:

107 Gaza residents among them three returning from treatment;

36 companions;

10 with work permits;

9 visitors;

2 for meetings;

1 for study;

1 with Israeli residency (deported);

1 former detainee (deported);

4 for trade;

4 for interviews;

21 foreign nationals;

16 Palestinians with either Israeli citizenship or Israeli ID cards;

144 in total.

Leaving on Friday:

19 Gaza residents, of whom four left for treatment with four companions;

4 for visits;

7 with permission to work;

11 foreign nationals;

9 Palestinians with either Israeli citizenship or Israeli ID cards;

39 in total.

Entering on Friday:

41 Gaza residents, 15 of whom completed treatment and 20 companions;

4 with work permits

2 for trade;

10 foreign nationals;

51 in total

Record transit in April

Exit Gaza/ Enter Gaza

21 April

Rafah - 56/128

Erez - 223/221

11-18 April

Rafah -5 /1

Erez - 0

8-9 April

Rafah - 195/212

Erez - 27/192

1 April - 8 April

Rafah - 3/175

Erez- 234/187

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