"I have instructed the concerned agencies concerned to take the necessary steps to keep the Rafah border crossing open throughout the holy month of Ramadan in order to ensure the easing of the burdens on the brothers in the Gaza Strip", Sisi said.
President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi directed Thursday to take the necessary measures to keep the Rafah border crossing open throughout the holy month of Ramadan.More news: The Most Popular Connecticut Baby Names Of 2017
Israel sealed four of its commercial crossings with Gaza in mid-2007 after Palestinian resistance movement Hamas wrested control of the strip from the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority. Usually Palestinians are able to cross for a few dozen days a year.
Gaza has two other crossings with Israel, but they are subject to tight restrictions since 2007, which practically makes Rafah Crossing the only window to the outside world for Gaza residents.More news: Some infectious bacteria resistant to chlorine, CDC warns
Sisi's announcement came after some 60 Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire on Gaza's frontier on Monday, with Egypt's foreign ministry describing the victims as "martyrs".
Hamas leader Ismail Haniya paid a brief visit on Sunday to Egypt, where he met with the director of the country's intelligence services Abbas Kamel. "Not only will Rafah's extended opening contribute to de-escalating the explosive atmosphere in the Strip, it will also help ease the humanitarian burden on Palestinians in Gaza", the statement said.More news: Nokia X6 5.8-inch FHD+ notched smartphone announced
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed the extraordinary meeting should send a "strong message to the world" over Israel's treatment of the Palestinians.