Egypt to Increase Rafiah Crossing Traffic (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 06/27/12)
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Egypt on Wednesday agreed to increase the number of passengers
passing through the Rafiah crossing between Gaza and the Sinai to
1,000 per day.
Hamas crossing director Maher Abu Sabha told the Bethlehem-based Maan
agency that the terminal – the only entry and exit point for
travelers from Gaza – currently has 500 registered passengers per day
Gazans are required to register in advance with the Gaza Ministry of
Interior before travel via Egypt.
Cairo´s decision to increase traffic through Rafiah comes as Egypt´s
Muslim Brotherhood president-elect Muhammad Mursi prepares to assume
Gaza´s Hamas rulers, an offshoot of the Brotherhood, have expressed
hopes Mursi will help end the party´s international isolation.
Abu Sabha said he hopes Egypt will also increase the opening hours of
the Rafiah terminal, noting that other Egyptian borders are open for
more than nine hours daily. Rafiah is opened for eight hours per day.
Israel has long opposed the opening of Rafiah citing security
Hamas - which advocates the destruction of Israel via armed
confrontation and has an established history of targeting civilians -
is listed as a terror organization by Australia, Canada, the European
Union, Israel, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
It has also been banned by the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 06/27/12)
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