As the Egyptian Government had once announced through its Foreign Mister (Dr. Nabil Al-Araby ) in April that Rafah crossing is going to be open Permanently in 28 May , they did. Today Saturday 28 May is the first day for Rafah crossing to be open permanently for the first time in 4 years.
The announcement to open the crossing has been welcomed by Hamas, which controls the Palestinian enclave, while raising concern in Israel.
“These measures are the right decision in the right direction to facilitate the daily life of the population and ease its suffering,” Hamas, the Islamic movement that controls Gaza, said in an e-mailed statement today.
The Egyptian move is a “problematic” first step, Israeli Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilnai told Israel Radio today, though he said it doesn’t constitute a violation of the Camp David accords between the countries. Israel’s Foreign Ministry will withhold comment until it sees what the arrangements at the border with Gaza will be, spokesman Yigal Palmor said.
And as Egypt announced the Rafah crossing is open today if front of the Palestinian and “Gaza blockade ends”. With a mixture of excitement and anxiety travelers waiting to cross the Rafah crossing today. The Crossing is expected to be open for 6 days a week from 9 am tell 5 pm and Women would be able to leave Gaza without restrictions, while men between the ages of 18 and 40 would have to obtain visas for Egypt at the border. In the first hour after the crossing was opened, 200 Gazans entered Egypt, officials said.
“We as Palestinians are truly thankful to the Egyptian government for opening the Rafah gate,” Dr. Ghazi Hamad, the Rafah border manager and spokesman, told Gulf News.
“I am leaving to meet my relatives in Egypt, something that was very hard to do before,” Samah Ahmad, 26, told Gulf News. Mohammad Abd Al Aal said he was taking his wife and kids on a much needed vacation. “I never took a vacation before. The only times I have ever left Gaza was for medical reasons. I had to pay a lot of money to the Egyptian police and it was very humiliating,” he said.