Egypt opens Rafah crossing to stranded Palestinians bound for Gaza

November 26, 2014 10:58 AM

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ISMAILIA, Egypt (Reuters) - Egypt opened the Rafah border crossing on Wednesday to allow thousands of stranded Palestinians to return to Gaza but the frontier will remain closed to traffic going the other way, Palestinian and Egyptian border officials said.

One of Gaza's vital gateways to the outside world, the Rafah crossing was shut on Oct. 25 after Islamist militants in Egypt's adjacent Sinai region killed 33 members of the security forces in some of the worst anti-state violence since Islamist president Mohamed Mursi was toppled in July 2013.

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