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Gaza Border with Egypt Reopens After Dispute

A Palestinian man carries suitcases to the waiting hall before entering Egypt through the Rafah border crossing, southern Gaza Strip, June 8, 2011.

The border crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip has reopened, four days after being closed amid disagreements between Egyptian and Hamas officials about procedures at the site.

Officials said Wednesday they reopened the Rafah crossing after the two sides reached a deal.
The border was sealed Sunday just one week after Egypt had ended a four-year blockade of Gaza. Israel and Egypt closed their borders with Gaza in 2007 after Hamas militants overran the territory.

The Rafah crossing is the only official entry point outside Israel into Gaza, which is home to an estimated 1.4 million Palestinians.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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