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Rafah crossing open for second consecutive day

Feb. 23, 2011 10:33 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 23, 2011 8:26 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- Egyptian authorities opened the Rafah crossing for the second consecutive day on Wednesday, saying another 300 Palestinians from Gaza will be permitted to cross into the country.

On Tuesday, Egyptian authorities opened the Rafah crossing in both directions for the first time since Jan. 25, when protests erupted calling for the ouster of the now former President Hosni Mubarak.

Unrest during the protests lead to the closure of the crossing, and when Mubarak fell, Palestinians called on the special military committee which stepped into power to open the crossing and help lift the siege on the coastal enclave.

On Tuesday, 299 of 318 registered civilians left Gaza, while 56 returned to Gaza, the crossings committee said. Twenty-three citizens were not allowed to pass for unknown reasons.

Restrictions on travel through the border terminal remain strict, with Egyptian officials saying only patients, those with visas, students who hold certificates showing they attend foreign universities, and people with international passports will be permitted to cross.
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