Maher Abu-Sabha, the head of the Gaza Borders Authority, urged Egypt, Sunday to lift restrictions at the Rafah crossing between the Hamas-ruled area and the northern Sinai Peninsula, according to the Associated Press. His call came a day after Egypt re-opened the crossing.
Abu-Sabha said at least 5,500 people were stranded in Gaza, including medical patients and students trying to return to universities abroad. He noted that only 14,000 Gaza residents have been able to cross into Egypt over the past three months, compared to 65,000 in the same period last year. Hamas denies allegations that it has encouraged and assisted terrorist activity in Sinai, Egypt's reason for clamping down on Gaza access to the peninsula.