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International Border Crossing in Gaza Strip Opens to Traffic

  • VOA News

Hundreds of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip crossed into Egypt on Saturday without having to submit to Israeli security checks, for the first time in nearly 40 years. European monitors say the day went very smoothly, and that nearly 16-hundred people crossed the border in both directions. Israel closed the Rafah crossing in September after withdrawing its troops from Gaza. The Palestinian Authority officially took control of it Friday, and today was the first real day of operations under Palestinian control. Under a U.S.-brokered deal, the Palestinians are now in charge, with backup from European monitors, while Israel watches from a distance over closed-circuit television monitors. Rafah is expected to open 24 hours-a-day once all 70 monitors arrive and are settled.
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