IN PHOTOS: Egypt Opens Gaza Border for Two Days

Palestinians stand in line to receive travel permits to cross the border into Egypt, while others waited for relatives to return to Gaza through the Rafah crossing, Gaza's main gateway to the outside world.

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A Palestinian boy sits next to the luggage as he and his family wait to cross the border into Egypt, at the Rafah crossing border in the southern Gaza Strip, Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016.
A Palestinian boy sits next to the luggage as he and his family wait to cross the border into Egypt, at the Rafah crossing border in the southern Gaza Strip, Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016. Credit: Khalil Hamra, AP

Egypt opened its border crossing with Gaza for two days on Saturday, giving Palestinians a chance to return to Gaza or enter Egypt through Rafah crossing, which is intermittently opened by Egyptian authorities.

Palestinians stood in line to receive travel permits to cross the border into Egypt, while others waited for relatives to return to Gaza through the Rafah crossing, Gaza's main gateway to the outside world.

Egypt's shutting of Rafah and its destruction of cross-border smuggling tunnels, along with tight restrictions imposed by Israel along its own frontier with Gaza, have deepened economic misery for many of the 1.9 million Palestinians in the enclave. 

Palestinians wait with their luggage to cross the border into Egypt, at the Rafah crossing border in the southern Gaza Strip, Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016.
Palestinians wait with their luggage to cross the border into Egypt, at the Rafah crossing border in the southern Gaza Strip, Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016. Credit: Khalil Hamra, AP
A Palestinian girl looks out of a bus window as she waits to cross into Egypt through the Rafah border crossing after it was opened by Egyptian authorities for two days, in the southern Gaza Strip September 3, 2016.
A Palestinian girl looks out of a bus window as she waits to cross into Egypt through the Rafah border crossing after it was opened by Egyptian authorities for two days, September 3, 2016. Credit: Suhaib Salem, Reuters
Palestinian children look at a mobile phone as they wait for travel permits to cross into Egypt through the Rafah border crossing after it was opened by Egyptian authorities for two days, in the southern Gaza Strip September 3, 2016.
Palestinian children look at a mobile phone as they wait for travel permits to cross into Egypt through the Rafah border, in the southern Gaza Strip September 3, 2016. Credit: Suhaib Salem, Reuters
Palestinians wait for relatives to return to Gaza after Egyptian authorities opened the Rafah border crossing on Saturday for two days for humanitarian cases, in the southern Gaza Strip September 4, 2016.
Palestinians wait for relatives to return to Gaza after Egyptian authorities opened the Rafah border crossing for two days for humanitarian cases, the southern Gaza Strip September 4, 2016.Credit: Suhaib Salem, Reuters
Palestinian children wait to cross into Egypt through the Rafah border crossing after it was opened by Egyptian authorities, in the southern Gaza Strip September 3, 2016.
Palestinian children wait to cross into Egypt through the Rafah border crossing after it was opened by Egyptian authorities, in the southern Gaza Strip September 3, 2016. Credit: Suhaib Salem, Reuters
Palestinians wait with their luggage to cross the border into Egypt, at the Rafah crossing border in the southern Gaza Strip, Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016.
Palestinians wait with their luggage to cross the border into Egypt, at the Rafah crossing border in the southern Gaza Strip, Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016. Credit: Khalil Hamra, AP

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