Egypt opens Gaza border following IDF raid on aid flotilla
Egypt opens Rafah crossing amid a storm of international criticism of Israel's blockade of the enclave, to let Palestinians cross until further notice.
The move, urged by the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas against whom the embargo has been directed, prompted dozens of people to race to the crossing point in the southern Gaza Strip town of
It is the only point on
A permanent opening of the crossing, which lies above a stretch of desert frontier riddled by hundreds of smuggling tunnels, would be a major boost for Hamas and a blow to efforts by
The Interior Ministry run by Hamas since it seized control of the Gaza Strip from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in June 2007 said in a statement: "Rafah crossing is open every day from
An Egyptian security source told Reuters: "
"The border will remain open for an unlimited time," the source said, letting Palestinians enter and leave
Aid convoys, to which Egypt has in the past allowed only limited access, would be allowed to use the crossing, subject to following Cairo's limitation that only food and medical supplies be transported.
"Hard materials" - apparently including concrete and steel which Gazans want to repair damage from last year's Israeli offensive - would have to go via