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Egypt opens border to wounded Palestinians, official says

Published on Jul 10, 2014 4:27 PM
 
A wounded Palestinian child is treated by medics at al-Najar hospital in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip on July 9, 2014. Egypt opened its Rafah border crossing to Gaza on Thursday, July 10, 2014, to receive wounded Palestinians as Israel pounded the enclave with air strikes, an official at the border said. -- PHOTO: AFP

CAIRO (AFP) - Egypt opened its Rafah border crossing to Gaza on Thursday to receive wounded Palestinians as Israel pounded the enclave with air strikes, an official at the border said.

Hospitals in north Sinai, which borders Gaza and Israel, have been placed on standby to receive the Palestinians, Egypt's official MENA news agency reported.

The crossing is usually closed, with Egyptian officials citing the tense security situation in Sinai, where the army is battling an Islamist insurgency.

Rafah is Gaza's only border crossing that bypasses Israel, which has hammered the coastal strip in response to Palestinian rocket fire.

 
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