Middle East Monitor / April 14, 2020
Egypt has opened the Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip allowing hundreds Palestinians stranded as a result of the coronavirus outbreak to return to the besieged enclave, Anadolu Agency reported.
The Hamas-run Ministry of Interior in the Gaza Strip said in a statement yesterday that it had begun receiving Palestinians stranded on the Egyptian side due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The ministry said the Rafah crossing will remain open for a period of four days, starting yesterday with 250-300 people crossing each day.
It explained that it had taken a number of preventive measures to ensure the safe arrival of the returnees including disinfecting the border crossing halls and placing returnees under mandatory quarantine for 21 days in special centres.