Rafah Crossing opened for seven days in October

Rafah Crossing. Photo by Gisha

Rafah Crossing. Photo by Gisha

November 1, 2016. Rafah Crossing closed on Sunday, October 23, after having operated intermittently for seven days. The crossing was open Saturday and Sunday, October 15-16. It reopened from Wednesday, October 19, until Sunday. Throughout the seven day period, 4,544 exits from Gaza to Egypt were recorded, an average of 649 a day and the number of entries from Egypt into Gaza was 2,117.

Rafah Crossing has been opened on a total of only 33 days since the beginning of the year. In the first half of 2016, a monthly average of less than 3,200 entries and exits was recorded. In all of 2015, the crossing operated on only 32 days. In the first half of 2013, when the crossing operated most of the time, more than 40,000 exits and entries were recorded on average every month.

It’s estimated that there are 20,000 people who meet the criteria for exit still on the waiting list to exit the Strip following the last opening. The permitted criteria are: patients with referrals for treatment, students en route to study abroad and persons holding foreign residency status and/or passports.

The crossing is reportedly expected to open again this weekend.