Egypt Opens Gaza’s Main Gateway to Outside World

Egypt opens Rafah crossing with Gaza Strip in both directions, Interior Ministry says on website, after allowing no one to leave or enter the Palestinian territory for 5 days. * Passage open with reduced working hours, mainly to let patients, dual nationals cross * NOTE: Over past 10 days, Rafah crossing opened only twice, to let Palestinians stranded on Egyptian side of border return to homes in Gaza, controlled by Islamist Hamas movement * NOTE: Shorter hours, limited traffic at Rafah has been Egypt’s pattern following July 3 ouster of Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi * NOTE: Hamas is offshoot of Muslim Brotherhood group to which Mursi belongs

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