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Gaza-Egypt crossing reopened after long closure linked to crackdown on Gaza's Hamas rulers

A Palestinian official says Egypt has reopened its border with the Gaza Strip after weeks of closure.

Hamas' Interior Ministry spokesman, Eyad al-Bozum, says Egyptian authorities opened the Rafah border crossing Saturday after it was closed for 49 days. He says it will remain open for three days and that there are about 6,000 Gazans seeking to cross into Egypt, including patients, students and people whose residence visas are close to expiring.

Egypt has only sporadically opened the crossing for select humanitarian cases since the ouster of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi last July.

The Egyptian military has imposed tough border restrictions on Gaza's Hamas rulers, who have close ties to its rival Muslim Brotherhood, including sealing smuggling tunnels and blocking passenger traffic.