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Egypt opens Gaza border for month of Ramadan

Egypt opens Gaza border for month of Ramadan”

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi decided on Thursday to keep Rafah Crossing between Egypt and Gaza in Palestine open during Ramadan, Xinhua news agency reported.

Israeli troops killed dozens of Palestinians on Monday who protested on the Gaza border as the United States opened its embassy in Jerusalem, moving its diplomatic mission in Israel to the contested holy city from Tel Aviv.

The demonstrations, which coincided with protests against the opening of the USA embassy in Jerusalem, are part of a weeks-long movement calling for the right of return for Palestinian refugees to the areas they were forcibly expelled from in 1948.

The Egyptian government occasionally opens Rafah Crossing for humanitarian cases such as medical patients, students in foreign countries and holders of foreign visas and passports.

The UN's human rights chief on Friday slammed Israel's response to protests along the Gaza border fence as "wholly disproportionate".

Sisi made the announcement on Twitter late on Thursday, marking the longest duration since 2013 that the only crossing connecting Gaza to Egypt would be accessible for. "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.

For more than a decade, Israel has imposed a crippling blockade on Gaza, arguing it is necessary to isolate Hamas, with which it has fought three wars since 2008.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has clashed with Israeli leaders over the Gaza killings, has vowed the extraordinary meeting will send a "strong message to the world" over Israel's treatment of the Palestinians.



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