Security and countering violence

For the first time in many years, Cairo reopened the borders with the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 “indefinitely.” In a statement given to AFP, a security source, having preferred to remain anonymous, explained that “this is not an ordinary opening... Usually, the passage is open for three or four days.”

The reopening was announced as 14 Palestinian parties, including Fatah and Hamas, are negotiating in the Egyptian capital over the upcoming elections scheduled for May and July 2021 in Palestine.

Living under the Israeli blockade since 2006, the two million Gazans have only the Rafah crossing point to access the external world. The Egyptian authorities have opened these borders several times to allow the inhabitants of Gaza to come to their territories but only for short durations. In recent years, Cairo had kept these borders closed, citing security threats.