The Rafah border crossing in the southern Gaza Strip, which is the only way in or out of the Strip, was reopened on Thursday morning from both sides.

Palestinian Sources reported that the crossing will be opened from 10:00 AM till 5:00 PM Palestinian time.

The Rafah crossing has only been intermittently opened since the international siege was imposed on the Palestinian people.  The result of the inconsistent openings have placed a huge burden on the Palestinians, restricting travel, export and import of items, and creating an extreme hardship on individuals who are suffering from medical conditions, and as a result, at least 8 have died since August while waiting to cross.