Egyptian president opens Gaza border for month of Ramadan

President El Sisi

President El Sisi

Egypt president Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has ordered on Thursday to keep the Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip open during the whole month of Ramadan.

"I issued directives to take the necessary measures to keep the Rafah border crossing open throughout the holy month of Ramadan in a bid to relieve some of the burdens suffered by our brothers in the Gaza strip", the Egyptian leader posted on Facebook and Twitter.

The Rafah crossing is Gaza's only gateway to the outside world not controlled by Israel, but Egypt has largely sealed it in recent years, citing security threats.

Minister of Health Ahmed Emad Eddine he has been "instructed by the political leadership" to receive the Palestinians injured during the Israeli aggression and treat them in Egyptian hospitals. The crossing is usually open a few dozen days a year. Egypt has relations with both Israel and the Hamas movement in Gaza.

However, on Monday, the authorities chose to extend the opening to provide humanitarian aid to the Palestinians after the killing of at dozens of civilians by the Israeli occupation army during protests in Gaza against the transfer of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

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