People, aid cross Egypt's Rafah border with Gaza

21:42, June 02, 2010      

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Dozens of people crossed Egypt 's Rafah border with the Gaza Strip after Egypt opened the land crossing to allow aid into the besieged area.

A total of 82 people, including students and patients, had entered Egypt from the enclave as of Tuesday night, an Egyptian security source told Xinhua on Wednesday.

Moreover, about 80 people crossed the border into Gaza with four trucks carrying 107 tents, 2,300 blankets and 13 power generators, the source added.

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Tuesday ordered the opening of the crossing without a specified closure time after Israeli forces attacked an international convoy of aid ships heading for Gaza on Monday.The Rafah border was opened at 1:30 p.m. (1030 GMT) Tuesday.

The opening of the border "will allow those coming from abroad, the sick who have finished their treatment and the students studying abroad to return to the Gaza Strip," the source added.

The humanitarian aid and food is also allowed into Gaza via the border area in coordination with the Egyptian Red Crescent, according to the source.

Egypt shut down the crossing in 2007 after the Islamic Hamas movement took over the coastal enclave by routing security forces loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, but it opens the crossing two days a week for humanitarian cases.

Source: Xinhua


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