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Egypt allows body of Palestinian into Gaza via Rafah

Aug. 28, 2015 3:48 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 28, 2015 9:33 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Egyptian authorities opened the Rafah crossing with Gaza late Thursday to allow the body of a Palestinian youth who died in Egypt into the Gaza Strip.

The body of Said al-Daadleh, 23, who died in an Egyptian hospital where he was being treated, was delivered to Gaza in order to be buried, officials said.

Egyptian authorities opened the Rafah crossing for four days earlier this month after theHamas-run Ministry of Interior in Gaza filed an urgent request that the border be opened for humanitarian cases to exit the besieged coastal enclave.

The Rafah crossing is the primary lifeline to the outside world for Gaza's 1.8 million residents, but has been severely restricted by the Egyptian authorities in the past year, largely due to a militant insurgency in the northern Sinai Peninsula.

The Egyptian government has in the past accused Hamas of assisting the insurgency, although Hamas denies the allegations.

Egypt has done little to alleviate Israel's eight-year blockade on the Gaza Strip, which has severely restricted imports and exports into the territory and denied Gazans freedom of movement.
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