Palestinian security sources in the Gaza Strip reported on Friday evening that the Rafah terminal, between the Gaza Strip and Egypt, will be opened on Saturday on both directions from 9 a.m until 6 p.m.

Wa’el Dahab, media spokesperson of the Presidential Guards, stationed at the crossing, stated that the crossing will be opened for the third day to enable the residents to travel and conduct their feast celebrations and visitations.

Abu Dahab added that president Mahmoud Abbas is conducting his utmost efforts in order to ensure that Israel would keep the terminal, the only crossing point of Gaza residents to the rest of the world, open as along as possible.

Israel totally blocked the Rafah terminal after the abduction of the Israeli corporal Gilad Shalit by Palestinian fighters later June 2006.

Two Israeli soldiers and two fighters were killed in the attack.

Since then, the terminal has been mainly blocked and was only partially opened a total of 28 days out of 180 days of the full closure. When the terminal was opened, it was partially operational 6-8 hours a day.