Egypt opens Gaza border crossing for wounded Palestinians


Egypt opened its Rafah border crossing to Gaza Thursday to receive wounded Palestinians as Israel pounded the enclave with airstrikes, an official at the border said.

Hospitals in north Sinai, which borders Gaza and Israel, have been placed on standby to receive the Palestinians, Egypt’s official MENA news agency reported.

The crossing is usually closed, with Egyptian officials citing the tense security situation in Sinai, where the army is battling an Islamist insurgency.

Rafah is Gaza’s only border crossing that bypasses Israel, which has been bombing the besieged strip for three straight days, killing dozens of civilians, under the pretext to end Palestinian rocket fire.

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