Ahead of the first Palestinian national elections in 15 years, Egypt has opened its Rafah border that leads to the Gaza Strip.

Tuesday’s gate opening is described as an incentive to encourage reconciliation between the Palestine’s factions, which are meeting in Cairo to discuss election matters.

For 14 years, Egypt has tried to restore relations between Fatah, who seek peace with Israel and Hamas, which refuses any negotiations with Israel and advocates armed resistance.

The Gaza Strip, controlled by Hamas, has been under restrictions on the movement of people and goods.

Egypt has opened the Rafah crossing for some time to allow stranded travelers to pass but said the border will remain open “until further notice”.


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