Egypt's decision to end its blockade of Gaza by opening the only
crossing to the Hamas-ruled Palestinian territory this weekend could
ease the isolation of 1.4 million Palestinians there. It also puts the
new Egyptian regime at odds with Israel, which insists on careful
monitoring of people and goods entering Gaza for security reasons.
The Rafah crossing will be open permanently starting Saturday,
Egypt's official Middle East News Agency announced. That would provide
Gaza Palestinians their first open border to the world in four years,
since Egypt and Israel slammed their crossings shut after the Islamic
militant Hamas overran the Gaza Strip in 2007.
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