Egypt has temporarily opened its border with Gaza to allow people needing medical treatment to leave the beleagured Palestinian territory.
Students and those who live abroad are also being allowed out during the three day window. Egypt has been criticised by other Arab nations for keeping its frontier closed while Israel maintains its blockade of Gaza. “My daughter has cancer,” one man queuing at the border post said. “I want to take her to Egypt for medial care. I’ve been trying to pass through for 8 months. With the help of God I hope it will happen this time.” Another man said lived and works in the United Arab Emirates and that he had been stuck in Gaza for five months. Egypt is playing a lead role in efforts to broker peace between Israel and the Palestinians, and between the Palestinians themselves. Talks involving the rival Hamas and Fatah factions are scheduled for Wednesday. Israel claims their conflict shows Palestinians are not ready for statehood.