Hundreds of Palestinians cross Egypt's reopened border
After Egypt opened its border with the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, hundreds of stranded Palestinians started their crossings both ways, reported dpa.
Egypt opened the Rafah crossing with Gaza for two days after a truce agreement Cairo brokered between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas.
Among those, who crossed the border, were a group of Palestinian students and others with Egyptian residence permits, who have been trapped on the border.
Hundreds of Palestinian students enrolled in Egyptian universities have been waiting for the reopening of the border to return to the Gaza Strip.
"Having finished my final exams two weeks ago, I have been waiting for the border to be reopened to be able to go back home," said a Palestinian student, Mohamed Abdullah Ahmed, before crossing from Rafah into Gaza.
Egypt has exceptionally opened its border with Gaza for humanitarian reasons. In May, sick Palestinians were allowed entry to receive treatment in Egyptian hospitals.
The border was re-opened on June 18 for Palestinians to return home after receiving treatment.
One Palestinian woman from Khan Younis, south of the territory, was glad to go back home after receiving treatment for two months in an Egyptian hospital.
"I am happy to be reunited with my children and grandchildren in Khan Younis after being away for two months," Um-Yasser said.
Thousands of Palestinians breached the Rafah border in January after months of an Israel blockade of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip
The blockade, coming in response to rocket attacks fired from the territory, deprived Palestinians from basic commodities, such food as medicine and fuel.