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Gaza-Egypt crossing reopens for 3 days for special cases

The Gaza Strip's land border with Egypt reopened Saturday after a 50-day closure, but only for three days and then just for special cases, its Islamist rulers Hamas said. Passage to Egypt will be limited to those seeking medical treatment, students going to their places of study, foreigners and in cases deemed as humanitarian, Hamas's interior ministry said. A busload of Palestinians heading for Egypt was the first vehicle through the crossing in the city of Rafah, which is also open to traffic in the opposite direction.

Hamas: Gaza-Egypt crossing to reopen

Gaza's Islamist rulers Hamas announced Wednesday that the blockaded territory's border with Egypt would open after a 50-day closure, telling Palestinians wishing to travel to present their passports. Egypt has severely restricted access through the crossing in the border city of Rafah since July, when the army deposed Hamas's ally, president Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood. The crossing will reopen for three days starting Saturday, Hamas's interior ministry said.

UNRWA chief appeals to Israel, Egypt over Gaza restrictions

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - The outgoing head of the U.N. agency that aids Palestinian refugees urged Israel and Egypt on Tuesday to lift their border restrictions on the Hamas Islamist-run Gaza Strip. Filippo Grandi, commissioner-general of the United Nations Relief and Works Organization (UNRWA), said Israel and Egypt had legitimate security concerns but that the plight of the 1.8 million Palestinians in Gaza should also be taken into account.

Hamas calls Egypt blockade a 'crime against humanity'

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - The Palestinian militant group Hamas on Tuesday called Egypt's curbs on movement through its crossing with the Gaza Strip a "crime against humanity", in an unprecedented rebuke of its Arab neighbor that further frays their worsening ties. The closures, that Egypt says were introduced because of security concerns, have cut off imports of medicine and aid to the impoverished coastal enclave and prevented travel by thousands of Gazans and patients seeking treatment abroad.

Hamas says Egypt closing Gaza border 'crime against humanity'

Gaza's Hamas rulers on Tuesday sharply criticised Egypt's closure of the Rafah border crossing, saying Cairo's tightening of restrictions on the Palestinian territory was a "crime against humanity." "The Egyptian authorities' insistence on closing the Rafah crossing and tightening the Gaza blockade... is a crime against humanity by all standards and a crime against the Palestinian people," Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhum said in a statement. He condemned "the continuation of this blockade and closing the crossing, all whilst Israel escalates and (increases) aggression".

Hamas says Egypt closing Gaza border 'crime against humanity'

Gaza's Hamas rulers on Tuesday sharply criticised Egypt's closure of the Rafah border crossing, saying Cairo's tightening of restrictions against the Palestinian territory was a "crime against humanity." "The Egyptian authorities' insistence on closing the Rafah crossing and tightening the Gaza blockade... is a crime against humanity by all standards and a crime against the Palestinian people," Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhum said in a statement. He condemned "the continuation of this blockade and closing the crossing, all whilst Israel escalates and (increases) aggression."

Israel to allow fuel into Gaza on Sunday

Israel is allow the resumption of diesel deliveries into Gaza on Sunday, a day after the territory's sole power plant stopped working due to a lack of fuel, officials said. The defence ministry had on Thursday shut down the Kerem Shalom goods crossing into southern Gaza after militants there fired scores of rockets over the border, although no-one was injured. Israel hit back with air strikes, which also caused no injuries, and officials ordered the closure of the terminal, halting all deliveries, including fuel with the power station halting operation on Saturday.

Gaza power plant shuts down due to fuel shortage

GAZA (Reuters) - The Gaza Strip's sole power station stopped generating electricity on Saturday, causing blackouts throughout the territory after it ran out of fuel, officials said. The power plant is one of the main sources of electricity for Gaza's 1.8 million people and without it, daily blackouts of around 12 hours are expected. Electricity is also received directly from Israel and Egypt.

Gaza truce appears to be holding

A truce declared by Gaza militants appeared to be holding on Friday with the Israeli military reporting no fresh rocket fire during the night after two days of tit-for-tat violence. "It's all quiet, there has been no fire overnight," an army spokesman told AFP at 8:00 am (0600 GMT). The radical Islamic Jihad group announced on Thursday that an Egyptian-brokered truce on the Israel-Gaza border had been restored after Israeli warplanes pounded the territory in response to a barrage of rocket fire by its militants.

Renewed Gaza rocket fire after overnight Israeli raids

Gaza militants resumed their rocket fire on southern Israel on Thursday, after warplanes blitzed the coastal enclave, prompting Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas to demand Israel end its "escalation". A military spokeswoman told AFP that militants had fired five rockets but only one struck Israeli territory, causing no harm or damage. Earlier, an AFP photographer on the Israeli side of the Gaza border said all was quiet at daybreak.
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