Arabs at Rafiah crossing
Arabs at Rafiah crossing Flash 90

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi said he would open the border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt for the month of Ramadan, citing the “burdens of the brothers” in the Strip, an apparent reference to the deadly riots and attempts to breach the Israeli security fence on the Gaza-Israel border.

Sisi said on his Twitter account late Thursday that he sought to “alleviate the burdens of the brothers in the Gaza Strip.”

It would be the longest period the crossing has been open since at least 2013. Egypt under Sisi generally has joined Israel in seeking to ratchet up security in Gaza, which is controlled by the Hamas terrorist group, and which has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, which Sisi reviles. Sisi also is trying to control terrorist activity in the Sinai peninsula.