It is Gaza’s only gateway to the outside world that does not pass through Israel. But it has been closed almost completely for two months. Today, however, the Rafah border crossing has been briefly re-opened, allowing incoming and outgoing traffic to and from Egypt.
With the crossing set to shut again within hours, thousands of Palestinians seized their chance. Israel demanded the closure of the border after the kidnapping of one of its soldiers by Palestinian militants in June. It comes as at least nine Palestinians were reported injured in Israeli airstrikes on the Strip. A building in Gaza City was bombed. The Israeli military said a weapons depot was targeted. The home of a militant leader in the Jabalya refugee camp was also struck. The Israeli army said it warned residents to leave the buildings before both attacks.