Palestinians say Egypt eases Rafah restrictions (AFP) AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE) 07/23/12)
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Cairo has eased the visa requirements for Gazans under 40 who want to
travel to Egypt through the Rafah border crossing, Palestinian
officials said on Monday.
"We were officially informed by the Egyptian side about a decision to
allow any Palestinian under the age of 40 to travel through Rafah
with his family without a visa, starting today," said Maher Abu
Sabha, director of borders within Gaza´s Hamas-run government.
Until now, Palestinians within that age bracket have been unable to
travel without a visa, but the new regulations lift that requirement
if they are travelling with family.
Earlier this month, Egypt´s newly elected Islamist President Mohamed
Morsi raised the number of people allowed to cross daily out of Gaza
to 1,000 from 1,000 in a bid to ease conditions in the coastal
territory which has been languishing under an Israeli blockade.
In May 2011, Egypt agreed to permanently reopen Rafah, ending its
cooperation with the Israeli blockade which was imposed in 2006 after
Gaza-based militants captured an Israeli soldier. (Copyright © 2012
Agence France Presse. 07/23/12)
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