Egypt Reopens Gaza's Main Crossing

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Egypt reopened its border with the Gaza Strip Tuesday after keeping it shut for 11 days.

Egypt Reopens Gaza's Main Crossing

The Interior Ministry of Hamas, the Islamic movement ruling Gaza, said that the crossing is partly opened in both directions.

The Rafah crossing point, the Palestinian enclave's prime gate to the outside world, will remain operational for three days, allowing passing of medical patients, holders of foreign passports, students and some Palestinians with visas of Egypt, Xinhua reported.

Maher Abu Sabha, director of the crossing on the Palestinian side, said that up to 5,000 Gazans have applied to exit through Rafah.

About 150 to 300 people can leave Gaza each day when the crossing is partially opened, he added.

Relations between Hamas and the new military-backed government of Egypt worsened to unprecedented levels, following the ouster of former Egyptian president Mohammed Mursi since last July.

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