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Palestinians wearing protective masks amid the COVID-19 pandemic, as they wait for travel permits to cross into Egypt through the Rafah border crossing, in Rafah in the southern of Gaza Strip, on February 9, 2021. The Rafah border crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip will reopen beginning Feb. 9 to allow for the passage of travelers in both directions; authorities have not specified how long the facility would stay open. The Rafah border crossing had been closed as part of efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19; however, authorities have periodically reopened the crossing for several days at a time to permit the repatriation of travelers and the transport of humanitarian cases. Photo by Ashraf Amra