GAZA, Aug. 24 (Xinhua) -- Egypt on Saturday reopened Rafah crossing point with the Gaza Strip in both directions after five days of closure.
Over the past 10 days, Rafah crossing was opened twice for only allowing Palestinians stuck on the Egyptian side to return to their homes in Gaza, which is controlled by Islamic Hamas movement.
Before Saturday noon, two buses carrying Palestinian passengers were waiting to enter the Egyptian terminal, said a Hamas officer at the crossing anonymously.
The Hamas official said hundreds of people had applied to exit through Rafah crossing, the main gate for Gazans to the outside world and the only terminal that bypasses Israel.
But the crossing is opened with reduced working hours to grant the travels of mainly patients and holders of dual nationalities. This has been the pattern since the ouster of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi on July 3 by the military.
Morsi is from the Muslim Brotherhood movement, the historic parent of Gaza's Hamas.