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Rafah crossing open Wednesday, Thursday

Nov. 27, 2013 1:20 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 27, 2013 1:20 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Egyptian authorities opened the Rafah crossing in both directions on Wednesday for humanitarian cases.

The terminal has been closed since last Thursday.

The general administration of border crossings in the Hamas-run government announced Wednesday morning that Rafah would operate Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Students, patients and foreign nationals will be able to cross.

The Rafah crossing has been the principal connection between Gaza's 1.7 million residents and the outside world since the imposition of an economic blockade by Israel beginning in 2007.

Rafah has frequently been shut down or operating at reduced capacity in recent months due to ongoing unrest in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula and political tensions resulting from former president Mohamed Morsi's ouster by the Egyptian military in July.

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