Gaza's Rafah border crossing running under PA control for first time in decade
Egypt opened the crossing on Saturday for three days on a humanitarian basis for the first time since Hamas ceded control of Gaza's crossings to the Palestinian Authority
Gaza's border crossing into Egypt is running under the Palestinian Authority's control for the first time in a decade.
Egypt opened the Rafah crossing point on Saturday for three days on a humanitarian basis for the first time since Hamas ceded control of Gaza's crossings with Israel and Egypt to the PA.
Hamas took control of Gaza by force in 2007, provoking an Israeli-Egyptian blockade that has severely restricted the movement of most of the territory's 2 million inhabitants.
The group withdrew from the crossings on November 1, implementing the first step of an Egyptian-brokered deal to end its rift with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party, which dominates the PA.
Talks are to resume in Cairo this month to discuss the PA's expansion of its rule over Gaza and broader national issues.
Updated: November 18, 2017 03:11 PM