Scores flood Rafah as border terminal re-opens

Scores flood Rafah as border terminal re-opens

Rafah̨ : Palestine | Feb 22, 2011 at 5:22 AM PST
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Scores flood Rafah as border terminal re-opens

(From Maan NEWS)

GAZA CITY - Hundreds of Gaza residents lined up at the Rafah crossing on Tuesday morning, when the border terminal opened for the first time since protesters took to Egypt's streets demanding the ouster of the country's leader.

Since the former president of Egypt left his office on 11 February, Gaza residents have been calling for free access to be implimented at the crossing, saying that the new Egyptian leaders had the chance to end Israel's siege on the coastal enclave.

The terminal opened last week for Gaza residents stuck in Egypt, and at 11 a.m. Tuesday, the first bus of Palestinians exited Gaza bound for Egypt.

Director of the crossing on the Gaza side Ayyoub Abu Sha’ar told Ma'an that the border terminal would be "open until further notice," but added that the restrictions in place in January when the unrest in Egypt began would remain in place.

Palestinians in Gaza need medical referrals, student visas to foreign countries or residency rights abroad in order to exit the Strip, and must seek permission from both the Gaza government and Egyptian authorities before they can cross through Rafah.

The current arrangement at the crossing, Abu Sha'ar said, would see approximately 300 travel into Egypt daily.

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Scores flood Rafah as border terminal re-opens
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