Monday 11 December 2017

Opening of border with Palestine cements regime change in Egypt

Catrina Stewart in Rafah, Gaza

Hundreds of people from Gaza streamed into Egypt at the weekend after Cairo permanently opened its border with the Palestinian territory, a significant step in undermining a four-year Israeli blockade that has left the coastal enclave in tatters.

Busloads of Palestinians, most of whom had applied to travel in advance, arrived at the Rafah terminal on Saturday morning, anticipating what they hoped was a new page in their strained relations with Egypt.

"We've been patient for so long," said Yusef Abu Yusef (48) who said he was heading to Cairo to visit friends and to bring back medicines unavailable in Gaza. "In the past, I would come here, never knowing if they would let me cross or not."

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