Egypt to allow stranded Palestinians in to Gaza

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The Rafah border crossing is to be open today for one day and in one direction to allow Palestinians stranded in Egypt to return to their homes, the General Authority for Crossings and Borders in the Gaza Strip announced.

 Palestinians waiting at the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and the southern Gaza

Palestinians waiting at the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and the southern Gaza

In a brief statement the authority said it had been told by Egyptian officials that the crossing “will open on Monday, for one day only, and one way, exceptionally for the return of stranded citizens on the Egyptian side.”

There was no official statement from the Egyptian authorities on the subject.

Hundreds of Palestinians have been stranded for more than a week in the Egyptian city of Arish, in north Sinai, and Cairo International Airport.

They were stuck after a sudden closure of Rafah border crossing, which has been recently opened for a limited time.

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