Egypt opens Gaza crossing for returning Palestinians
Egypt on Thursday reopened its Rafa crossing with the Gaza Strip to allow Palestinians to return home, a day after it was closed because of clashes with border police, reported dpa.
Officials said the temporary measure applied only to Palestinians returning to Gaza from Egypt and no one was being allowed to cross in the other direction.
On Wednesday, hundreds of Palestinians stormed the crossing in Sinai, hurling stones at police who used water cannon to end the protest before shutting the checkpoint. Six policemen were injured.
Egypt opened the crossing on Tuesday morning in the wake of a truce between Israel and the militant group Hamas, which has been in control of the Gaza Strip since June 2007.
But Palestinians claimed the Egyptians had allowed only a few hundred of the thousands of people waiting to cross into Egypt, triggering the protests.
In January, Hamas militants blew a hole in the border fence, allowing hundreds of thousands to pour into Egypt to stock up on food and humanitarian goods after a months-long blockade by Israel, through which most supplies to Gaza have to pass.
The blockade, in response to rockets fired from the territory at Israel, deprived Palestinians of basic commodities, such as food, medicine and fuel.