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Egypt reopens Gaza crossing after 4 days, as Israel eases restrictions

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RAFAH, Gaza Strip — Egypt on Thursday partially re-opened the Rafah crossing with the Gaza Strip, allowing one-way traffic into the coastal enclave as Israel eased import restrictions.

Rafah, Gaza’s only gateway to the outside world not controlled by Israel, was shuttered on Monday by Egypt, which gave no official reason for the move.

But it came after Gazans on Saturday staged protests and violent riots along the border with Israel, which saw the death of a member of the Hamas terror group, dozens of Palestinians injured, and an Israeli soldier left in critical condition from a gunshot wound.

Egypt, a key mediator between Israel and the Hamas Islamists who control the coastal enclave, has previously used Rafah closures as a punitive measure against the terror group. Hebrew media reports in recent days have said Egypt was furious with Hamas for breaking commitments to prevent violence at the border during Saturday’s mass rally.

Late Wednesday, Hamas’s interior ministry announced that Rafah would open to incoming traffic on Thursday and to two-way traffic on........

© The Times of Israel

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