Palestinian embassy asks Egypt to open Rafah crossing

Sunday, April 27, 2014

On Saturday, the Gaza Interior Ministry said Egypt has been closing the crossing for the 26th consecutive day

On Saturday, the Gaza Interior Ministry said Egypt has been closing the crossing for the 26th consecutive day

CAIRO – The Palestinian Embassy in Cairo announced on Sunday contacts with Egyptian authorities on reopening the Rafah crossing on the border between Egypt's Sinai and the Gaza Strip.

"We are coordinating with our brothers in the Egyptian intelligence to allow patients to leave Gaza to seek treatment outside," Palestinian Ambassador Barakat al-Fara said in a statement posted on the embassy's website.

"The date for reopening the crossing will be announced in coordination with the Egyptian intelligence," he added without giving more details.

On Saturday, the Gaza Interior Ministry said Egypt continued to close the crossing – Gaza's only window to the outside world - for the 26th consecutive day.

In a statement, the border crossings authority, an affiliate of the Gaza Interior Ministry, said the continued closure of the crossing aggravates the suffering of thousands of patients, students and residents who work abroad.

Egypt has tightened its grip on its border with Gaza since the army ousted Mohamed Morsi, the country's first freely elected president, last July.

Egyptian authorities accuse Hamas, which has governed the strip since 2007, of interfering in Egypt's domestic affairs and carrying out attacks inside the country – charges Hamas emphatically denies.

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