Egypt has reopened its Rafah border with the Israeli-blockaded Gaza Strip, allowing people to cross freely for the first time in four years following the downfall of ex-.
Egypt opened the border crossing where many Palestinians gathered on Saturday in eager anticipation of the move to move southward, the Associated Press reported.
Cairo says the Rafah crossing will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. local time every day except Fridays and holidays.
Women, children as well as men aged over 40 will be allowed to pass freely, but men aged between 18 and 40 will still require a permit.
The border will remain closed for trade. However, the opening of the border crossing is expected to provide a major boost to Gaza’s economy.
Egypt kept the crossing largely closed after Israel imposed a blockade on the coastal strip in 2007. The siege has left nearly one and a half million Palestinians in dire need of basic supplies.