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Egypt Opens Rafah Border after Four Year Blockage

Jeffrey Coolidge/Getty Images(RAFAH, Gaza Strip) -- Egypt permanently opened the critical Rafah border crossing on Saturday after a four year closure.

Gaza residents rejoiced with the opening of the crossing, which is the Gaza Strip's principle artery out of the territory.

Critics of the move say that it may allow combatants easier access. The crossing was closed in 2007 after Hamas militants challenged authority there.

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