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Rafah crossing reopens after 2-day closure

July 24, 2011 10:54 A.M. (Updated: July 25, 2011 6:53 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Rafah border between Egypt and the Gaza Strip will reopen Sunday after a two-day closure, crossings director Ayyoub Abu Shaar said.

Abu Shaar told Ma'an that patients and people who reside in Egypt would be given priority to leave the Gaza Strip and those who had been listed to depart on July 19 would be allowed to travel Sunday.

The terminal is closed every Friday. It was also closed Saturday because of a public holiday marking the 59th anniversary of the July 23 revolution of 1952.

Over 3,000 residents of Gaza are on the waiting list to leave the coastal enclave via the Rafah crossing.

Egypt permanently reopened the border for Palestinians in May 2011 in a significant change of policy from the regime of former President Hosni Mubarak.

The Rafah border with Egypt is Gaza's only crossing that bypasses Israel, although it is still lacks the infrastructure required to transport large quantities of goods into the Gaza Strip.
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