Rafah Crossing was opened yesterday

October 9, 2013. Rafah Crossing was opened yesterday after being closed for 3 days to movement of medical patients with official referrals, students and foreign passport and residency holders. Palestinians wishing to return home to Gaza were also permitted to enter the Strip. The crossing is expected to remain open through Sunday, with the exception of Friday, during the hours 11am – 3pm.

Small quantities of cement were transferred through the tunnels to Gaza. It’s estimated that in the past few days, 550,000 liters of diesel entered the Strip each day, or in other words, 68% of what entered daily through the tunnels, on average, during the first half of the year. Some gasoline was also reported to have entered via the tunnels.