Sharjah 24 – AFP: Egypt opened its Rafah border crossing with Gaza Saturday to allow 10 ambulances to transport Palestinians seriously wounded in Israeli air strikes to Egyptian hospitals, medical officials said.
Egypt "exceptionally opened the Rafah crossing to allow 10 Egyptian ambulances into the Gaza Strip to transport wounded Palestinians... to be treated in Egypt," a medical official said.
An official at the Gaza border said the opening was "exceptional" because it is usually closed during public holidays including Eid Al Fitr, this year running from Wednesday to Sunday in Egypt.
The Egyptian public health authority said Friday that the holiday was being suspended for some Egyptian doctors and nurses in preparation to receive "those coming from the Gaza Strip".
The Rafah border crossing is usually open on working days.
Medical officials in Gaza say Israeli strikes have killed 139 people, including 39 children, since Monday. Around 950 people have been wounded.
Rockets fired by Palestinian armed groups have killed nine people in Israel, including a child and a soldier.