Palestinian Authority takes control of Gaza, Egypt border crossing

After a decade of Hamas control, the border crossing between Gaza and Egypt was opened today under the control of the Palestinian Authority. The crossing will be closed again on Monday.
Rafah Border Crossing Photo Credit: Muthana Najar/ Channel 2 News

This morning (Saturday), after a decade of Hamas control, the Rafah Border Crossing between Gaza and Egypt was opened under the control of the Palestinian Authority (PA). The crossing was only opened for three days and will be closed again on Monday.

Approximately three weeks ago, Hamas handed over the control of Gaza’s border crossings to the PA as part of the reconciliation agreement. Celebratory photographs of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi were hung up.

Photo Credit: Muthana Najar/ Channel 2 News

Meanwhile, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories instructed that a meeting be held with PA representatives to ensure that security requirements at the crossings are met without the presence of Hamas members.

Photo Credit: Muthana Najar/ Channel 2 News

“The meeting will determine joint working procedures,” the IDF stated. “As well as Israeli security requirements for the operation of the crossings, with an emphasis on the non-presence of any Hamas representatives.”

Last week, Hamas leader in Gaza Yahya Sinwar stated that his organization doesn’t intend to dismantle the military wing: “We, as a nation, are still in the process of national liberation and we cannot give up our weapons.”



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