Egypt Opens Rafah to Let Stranded Palestinians Return to Gaza

Witnesses and officials said, Egyptian authorities opened the Rafah crossing on Tuesday, for the first time in nearly 80 days, to allow stranded Palestinians to return to the Gaza Strip. But it did not allow traffic the other way, leaving thousands of Gazans, some of whom need to travel for medical treatment, stuck inside the tiny enclave, authorities there said. Since the Egyptian army ousted Islamist president Mohamed Mursi in 2013, Cairo has largely kept Rafah, the main gateway to the Palestinian enclave that is run by the Islamist group Hamas, closed. Israel also has strict limitations on Palestinian travel through its border with Gaza.