Egypt has opened its border crossing with Gaza ahead of Ramadan, allowing hundreds of people to leave the Hamas-controlled territory. Egyptian authorities said the Rafah frontier would be open for two days to allow Gazans with foreign residence permits and humanitarian cases into Egypt. Hundreds have already crossed over and many more are expected to follow. Some 200 Palestinians have also returned home to Gaza from Egypt.
Egypt closed Rafah more than a year ago after Hamas seized control of the Gaza Strip. Since then, hundreds of Egyptian citizens have been stuck in the coastal enclave. Hamas wants Cairo to permanently reopen the border crossing to ease an Israeli blockade. But a US-brokered agreement prevents Egypt from doing this without the consent of Hamas rival Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas.