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Egypt opens Gaza border for month of Ramadan: president

AFP  |  Cairo 

Egyptian has made a rare decision to open the crossing with for a month, allowing Palestinians to cross during the holy period of

The decision to keep the crossing open was taken "to alleviate the suffering" of residents in the Palestinian enclave, Sisi said on late yesterday.

The crossing is Gaza's only gateway to the outside world not controlled by Israel, but has largely sealed it in recent years, citing security threats.

It is usually open a few dozen days a year and such an extended period is rare.

Sisi's announcement comes after some 60 Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire on the border earlier this week, with the victims described by Egypt's foreign ministry as "martyrs".

A total of 114 Gazans have been killed in border protests and clashes since March 30, in the run-up to the controversial opening Monday of the

has relations with both and rulers Hamas, giving an instrumental role in easing tensions between the two sides and alleviating the pressure on the enclave's two million residents.

paid a brief visit on Sunday to Egypt, where he met with the director of the country's

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First Published: Fri, May 18 2018. 13:20 IST