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Egypt reopens Rafah crossing with Gaza Strip indefinitely

Gaza Strip (The Inside Palestine)- Egypt today opened the Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip until further notice, Egyptian and Palestinian sources said, a move described as an incentive for reconciliation between the main Palestinian factions meeting in Cairo, Reuters reported.

Leaders of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah faction, which controls the West Bank, and of Hamas, which governs the besieged Gaza Strip, began Egyptian-brokered talks yesterday to address long-standing divisions ahead of elections planned for later this year.

The 365 square kilometers (141 square miles) Gaza Strip is home to around two million Palestinians. An Israeli-led, Egyptian backed, blockade has put restrictions on the movement of people and goods since 2007.

Egypt had opened the Rafah crossing intermittently to allow stranded travelers, students, and those in need of urgent medical care to pass.

Source: Middle East Monitor

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