The Rafah border crossing between Gaza and Egypt is now open to people wanting to leave or enter the Palestinian territory. The frontier checkpoint was formally re-opened yesterday following an agreement between the Palestinians and Israelis who had closed it during their withdrawal from Gaza three months ago.
The deal, brokered by the US, gives the Palestinians unprecedented control over their border with Egypt. The two sides have agreed to let EU officials monitor the crossing. Israel, which still has fears that militants might try to smuggle weapons across the border, is keeping a close eye on the terminal through a video link. It is hoped the re-opening will boost Gaza’s economy.