Egypt’s Sisi Orders Gaza Border Opened for Ramadan
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi ordered on Thursday that the Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip be opened for the whole of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, he said on his official Twitter account.
The border with the Palestinian territory is mostly shut but opens at regular intervals. This would be the longest single opening in years.
Sisi’s Twitter account said the opening of the crossing would “alleviate the burdens of brothers in Gaza.”
IDF troops killed dozens of Palestinians rioters — most of whom were members of terror organizations — on the Israel-Gaza border on Monday.
The Islamist group Hamas controls Gaza, but not its most important crossings, Rafah with Egypt and Erez with Israel. It handed control of those crossings late last year to its rival, the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority, in a reconciliation deal signed in Cairo.
Egypt closed the border for long periods after attacks on Egyptian security forces in the Sinai Peninsula that increased in 2013, with Egyptian officials blaming Palestinian terrorists from Gaza for some of them.