After four years and repeated demands from the United Nations, Egypt has re-opened the Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip, Al-Jazeera reports. Most of Gaza’s 1.5 million residents have been prevented from going abroad since the imposition of the blockade in 2007, as Rafah is the only crossing that does not pass through Israel. When the border was opened, nearly 400 Gazans were waiting at the crossing.
The Washington Post spoke to Musbah Mohamed Halawen, 59, who was traveling to have spinal surgery after a botched procedure in Gaza. "We are very happy Egypt is now in control of the border,” he said. And a "beaming" Hashna el-Reyes, who intended to fly to London on Sunday to visit her son, said, “Before, I felt very disappointed. There was no humanity. Now somehow I feel human.”
The Associated Press spoke to Khaled Halwaeh, a 28-year-old student who was headed to Egypt for a master’s degree in engineering at Alexandria University in Egypt. He said he had not been out of Gaza for seven years. "The closure did not affect only the travel of passengers or the flowing of goods. Our brains and our thoughts were under blockade," he said.