Egypt had opened the crossing going both directions on Saturday for humanitarian cases and “stranded people.”
The PA said in a statement Sunday that 783 Gazans were able to leave the coastal enclave via the crossing since it opened Saturday morning. Among those who traveled Saturday were 11 patients who were transported in ambulances for medical treatment abroad.
The statement added that Egyptian authorities notified the PA that the border crossing would be closed on Monday and Tuesday, and subsequently reopened Wednesday through Saturday.The head of the media office of the Rafah crossing, Wael Abu Omar, said that the crossing was closed on Sunday after seven buses traveled to Egypt.
The crossings committee of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Gaza has published the names of Palestinians allowed to travel through the crossing on Wednesday and Thursday.Egypt has upheld an Israeli military blockade on the Gaza Strip for the majority of the past three years, since the ousting of former President Muhammad Morsi in 2013 and the rise to power of President Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi in Egypt.
While the Egyptian border has remained the main lifeline for Gazans to the outside world, Egyptian authorities have slowly sealed off movement through the border since Morsi was toppled by the Egyptian army.