Hamas: Egypt reopens Rafah crossing to Gaza

Passengers hoping to cross into Egypt show their passports to a Palestinian policeman at the Rafah crossing between Egypt and the southern Gaza Strip September 28, 2013. (Reuters)

Egypt reopened the Rafah crossing with the Gaza Strip on Saturday after a nine-day closure, an official of the enclave’s Islamist Hamas government said.

Maher Abu Sabha, director general of Gaza’s only land passage bypassing Israel, said he expected 300 Palestinians to cross from the territory into Egypt by the end of the day.

Since a July 3 army coup ousted Egyptian president Mohammed Mursi, a member of the Hamas-allied Muslim Brotherhood, Egyptian authorities have repeatedly closed the Rafah border crossing as the military seeks to cleanse the Sinai Peninsula, which borders Gaza, of Islamist militants.

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