GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories,Â Aug 17, 2013Â (AFP)
Egypt brieflyÂ reopened the Rafah crossingÂ on SaturdayÂ for humanitarian reasons to allow inÂ some 50 people who were stranded in the Gaza Strip, the Hamas interiorÂ ministry said.
Egypt hadÂ on ThursdayÂ announced it was closing “indefinitely” the onlyÂ crossing — the only route into the Hamas-ruled coastal enclave that bypassesÂ Israel — for security reasons a day after deadly violence nationwide.
The move had left hundreds of Palestinians stranded on both sides of theÂ border, witnesses said.
On SaturdayÂ Egypt “reopened the Rafah crossing to allow throughÂ international travellers” who hold foreign passports and “humanitarian cases,”Â the interior ministry said.
It was referring to people in need of medical treatment in EgyptianÂ hospitals.
Hamas is allied with the Muslim Brotherhood of deposed Egyptian presidentÂ Mohamed Morsi.
On WednesdayÂ nearly 600 people, most of them Morsi supporters, died in aÂ crackdown by Egyptian security forces on two protest camps in Cairo.
Hamas denounced the crackdown butÂ on SaturdayÂ spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri saidÂ in a statement that the Islamist Palestinian movement “has not and will not beÂ a party in Egypt’s internal affairs”.
Hamas, he added, would also not accept “interference” by any Gaza-basedÂ group in Egypt.
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