Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

Israeli strikes on Gaza as seen on social media

Read more

DEBATE

Africa's Newest Failed State: How to Stop Civil War and Famine in South Sudan? (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Israel and the Palestinians: How to Break the Cycle of Violence?

Read more

DEBATE

Africa's Newest Failed State: How to Stop Civil War and Famine in South Sudan?

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Somalia : Al Shebab attack on presidential palace

Read more

FOCUS

Sharia law to be enshrined in British legal system?

Read more

ENCORE!

How a comedy dud became one of France's biggest box office hits

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Kenya: Clashes at anti-government rally in Nairobi

Read more

WEB NEWS

ISIS leader challenged over expensive-looking wristwatch

Read more

  • Israeli airstrikes continue in Gaza as rockets intercepted over Tel Aviv

    Read more

  • Argentina beat Netherlands on penalties to reach World Cup final

    Read more

  • Foiled French jihadist ‘targeted Louvre and Eiffel Tower’

    Read more

  • Obama in Texas to urge congressional action on child migrant crisis

    Read more

  • Iraq’s heritage 'in danger' from ISIS militants

    Read more

  • Froome crashes out of Tour de France

    Read more

  • South Sudan independence heroes ‘have lost their way’

    Read more

  • 100 years on, the Tour de France returns to the Western Front

    Read more

  • Dozens of blindfolded bodies found south of Baghdad

    Read more

  • Alps Murder wife had ex-husband who died on same day

    Read more

  • Both candidates say they won Indonesian presidential election

    Read more

  • Brazil players should never wear 'sacred uniform' again, press says

    Read more

  • Exiled Syrian opposition elects new president

    Read more

  • Ukraine imposes new conditions on peace talks with pro-Russia rebels

    Read more

  • Sarkozy's UMP party 'almost €80 million in debt'

    Read more

Middle east

Rafah border briefly open to allow passage

©

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-06-29

The Rafah border crossing between the Gaza Strip and Egypt was opened temporarily on Saturday to allow more than 100 patients, students and visa holders to leave the Hamas-ruled territory. Officials say passage will be allowed for three days.

AFP - The Rafah crossing with Egypt was opened on Saturday to allow more than 100 patients, students and visa holders to leave the besieged Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, an official at the crossing said.
   
The crossing was to remain open for three days, the official added.
   
Israel has sealed Gaza off from all but vital humanitarian aid and has strictly limited movement into and out of the territory since the Islamist Hamas movement seized power in June 2007.
   
Egypt has largely complied with the restrictions, though it occasionally opens Rafah -- the only Gaza crossing that bypasses Israel -- to allow aid in and students and medical cases out.
   
The sanctions have crippled rebuilding efforts in the impoverished territory of 1.5 million people, which was devastated by an Israeli offensive at the turn of the year in which 1,400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis were killed.
   
In a surprise visit to the crossing Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniya said he hoped to see its "complete" re-opening.
   
"We are prepared and ready (to operate the crossing) according to arrangements undertaken with our Egyptian brothers, the Europeans, (Abbas's) presidential guard and the (Hamas-run) government," he added.
   
Egypt has consistently rejected pressure to open its border with the Gaza Strip permanently, insisting it can only do so when the authority of the Western-backed Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas has been restored.
   
An international agreement signed by Israel and Abbas's Palestinian Authority in 2005 provided for EU monitoring of all traffic across the border and the installation of Israeli security cameras.
   
But Hamas has rejected any Israeli presence at the crossing.
 

Date created : 2009-06-27

Comments

COMMENT(S)