Israeli Defense Minister, Amir Peretz, said on Thursday that he decided
to open the Rafah Border Crossing between Gaza and Egypt for two days
to allow Palestinian residents to cross into Egypt. The crossing will
be opened on Friday and Saturda.

At least 10.000 Palestinian civilians are waiting on the Egyptian side of the border crossing which have been closed since July 25 after resistance fighters captured an Israeli soldiers in Gaza.

The crossing was only opened temporarily on a few occasions since then.

Several residents including at least one child and one elderly died at the crossing. The latest casualty was a woman stranded on the Egyptian side of the crossing.

The woman, Ghafra al-Arja, died on Monday, September 18.

Meanwhile, Nathmi Mhanna, head of the General Administration of Border Crossing in the Palestinian Authority, confirmed that the Rafah border crossing will be opened on Friday and Saturday.

“The crossing will be opened on Friday and Saturday from eight in the morning until six in the evening”, Mhanna stated, “entry will be for everyone who is there, but exit will only be for students, human cases and residents living abroad”.