Gaza's Rafah crossing transferred to PA control
For the first time in a decade, the Rafah border crossing from Egypt to Gaza has been opened under Palestinan Authority's control; Hamas withdrew from the crossings on Nov. 1, implementing the first step of an Egyptian-brokered reconciliation deal between Hamas and the PA, with the PA to eventually take over Gaza.
In 2007, Hamas wrested control of Gaza by force provoking an Israeli-Egyptian blockade that severely restricted the movement of most of Gaza's 2 million inhabitants.
Hamas withdrew from the crossings on Nov. 1, implementing the first step of an Egyptian-brokered reconciliation deal to end the rift with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah party.
Talks are to resume in Cairo this month to discuss the PA's expansion of its rule over Gaza and broader national issues.
Some 30,000 Gaza residents have submitted requests to leave Gaza to Egypt over the past few months.
Fatah and Hamas's reconciliation agreement between the two warring Palestinian factions was unveiled at a Cairo press conference last month and was signed under the watchful eye of Egypt.