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Egypt opens Rafah for injured Palestinians

July 10, 2014 11:46 A.M. (Updated: July 11, 2014 2:12 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Egyptian authorities opened the Rafah crossing with the Gaza Strip early Thursday to allow hundreds of Palestinians injured during the ongoing Israeli offensive to receive medical treatment.

A spokesman for the Palestinian Ministry of Interior in Gaza, Iyad al-Buzm, told Ma'an that the Egyptian side notified the ministry that the crossing would be open at 9 a.m. on Thursday for injured Palestinians and humanitarian cases.

Egypt's frequent closure of the Rafah crossing, the only border through which Palestinians can exit Gaza, has exacerbated an already dire humanitarian situation in the coastal enclave.

Egypt on Wednesday urged Israel and Hamas in Gaza to halt their escalating conflict but played down hopes of a Cairo-mediated truce.

During Israel's 2012 assault on Gaza, Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi condemned "Israeli aggression" and sent his prime minister to Gaza in a show of support for the Palestinians.

Since the military overthrew him in July 2013, Cairo has cracked down on smuggling tunnels to the Gaza Strip and accused Hamas of aiding the Brotherhood in militant attacks inside Egypt.
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