El-Arish (Egypt), Feb 20 (AP) Egyptian officials say the country will open its border with the Gaza Strip amid a military campaign against Islamic insurgents in restive northern Sinai Peninsula.Also Read - Cairo Archaeologists Discover Interior of Ancient Tomb at Egypt's Saqqara Necropolis

The two officials said today the Rafah crossing point will operate starting tomorrow for four days on a humanitarian basis. Both spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorised to brief the media. Also Read - Man Waits For 6 Months After Swallowing Phone, Undergoes Surgery After Experiencing Pain

The Palestinian embassy in Cairo confirmed the opening of Gaza’s main gateway to the outside world. Also Read - Semi-Aquatic Whale That Lived 43 Million Years Ago Named After Ancient Egyptian God

Thousands of Gaza residents are on travel lists, most of them medical patients, students and holders of residency permits of other countries. Only a few thousand will make it out in the time allotted.

Egypt has kept Rafah largely sealed off since 2013, after the ouster of Egypt’s elected Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. (AP) MRJ –

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.