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Rafah crossing open for third consecutive day

June 3, 2010 1:37 A.M. (Updated: June 4, 2010 9:29 A.M.)
Gaza – Ma'an – Egyptian authorities opened the Rafah crossing for the third consecutive day on Thursday, with no end to the open crossing announced, civilians and limited aid passed through the terminal.

Manager of the Gaza side of the Rafah crossing Salameh Barakeh told Ma’an over the phone that the crossing is open for the free travel of patients, foreign passport holders, those with residency status in other countries, students and internationals.

A total of eight buses will be allowed to pass through the border on Thursday, Barakeh said, with one already across by noon. The crossing opened at 9am, for the third day in a row.

On Wednesday, 793 passengers left Gaza, though some 293 were not allowed to pass for unstated reasons. The de facto government minister of health was among those refused.

Security sources said Egyptian authorities were preparing packages of aid, including generators, tents and foodstuffs approved by the Egyptian Red Crescent Society, in addition to a number of ambulances, for transport through the crossing on the orders of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

The crossing was opened on Tuesday immediately after international calls to lift the siege on Gaza in the wake of an Israeli attack on an international aid flotilla that saw commandos shoot dead some ten activists.

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