Egypt reopens Gaza border crossing for passengers

By ASHRAF SWEILAM, Associated Press
Aug 26, 2012

EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — An Egyptian security official says Egypt has reopened its passenger terminal with the Gaza Strip and resumed normal operations there after nearly three weeks of disruption following a deadly attack on Egyptian soldiers by Islamic militants.

The official said from inside the Rafah crossing that it will be open six days a week, with normal security measures. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief reporters.

The closure of the terminal raised tensions between Egypt’s Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, of the Muslim Brotherhood, and Gaza’s ruling Hamas, which had hoped Morsi would end the enclave’s five-year isolation.

Egypt shut down the terminal after 16 Egyptian soldiers were shot dead by masked gunmen while breaking their fast during the holy month of Ramadan on Aug. 5.

Copyright © 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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