Official: Egypt to allow more Gaza travellers through Rafah

28 Jun

Egypt’s side of the Rafah border crossing with Gaza


by Ma’an News Agency in Gaza City

28 June 2012

article abridged & re-edited

Egypt has agreed to increase the number of passengers passing through its Rafah crossing with Gaza to 1,000 per day, the Palestinian crossings director said Wednesday.

Maher Abu Sabha told Ma’an the terminal – the only entry and exit point for travelers from Gaza – currently has 500 registered passengers per day in July, but now has a quota for 500 more.

Palestinians are required to register in advance with Gaza’s Ministry of Interior before travel via Egypt.

Cairo’s boost to the number of travellers comes as politicians and residents of Gaza expressed high hopes that Egypt’s newly elected Muslim Brotherhood president, Muhammad Morsi, would work to ease the Israeli blockade of Gaza.

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