Palestinian sources reported that the Rafah Border Crossing, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, was reopened both on Tuesday from eight in the morning until five in the evening.

The sources said that the Crossing was opened after extensive talks with Israel in order to enable at least part of the people stranded there to cross into Egypt or back into the Gaza Strip.

At least 2500 residents arrived in Egypt on Monday after conducting the pilgrimage (Haj) to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. The priority of crossing into the Gaza Strip is granted to them along with urgent cases.

A senior Palestinian source reported that the Palestinian side managed to achieve an understanding with the European observers at the Crossing, and Israel, to operate it for one or two days in an attempt to avoid the jamming there and enable the residents to cross.