An Egyptian source reported on Thursday that Egypt started constructing a new crossing which links its borders with Israel and the Gaza Strip, south of Rafah.

The source stated that the Egypt needs three months to complete the construction of the new crossing, but did not specify a date for its official opening.  

The Israeli radio reported on Thursday that operating the crossing will be preceded by an Egyptian-Israel agreement.

The radio added that Israel agreed in principle that the European Union will be responsible for the crossing, which will be constructed to the south of the old Rafah crossing, closed by Israel before it evacuated from the Gaza Strip.

The old crossing was reopened by the P.A in order to enable thousands of Palestinians to return home during the month of Ramadan; the residents were stuck in the Egyptian side of Rafah after crossing there following the Israeli withdrawal.