Egypt has opened the Rafah border crossing Saturday to allow Palestinians to travel in and out of the Gaza Strip for the first time in three months, in a possible sign of easing tension between Cairo and Hamas.
According to Reuters a Palestinian official said seven trucks with building materials for the private sector entered Gaza on Saturday,
the first time since 2007 that Egypt has allowed a commercial shipment via Rafah, which is mainly for passengers and humanitarian aid.
Two weeks ago, Egypt reopened Rafah for three days but only in one direction – for Palestinians stranded outside Gaza to return home. But Saturday’s move, allowing travel in both directions, might signal a cautious improvement in relations between Cairo and Hamas after two years of high tension.