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A picture taken on November 18, 2017 shows a bus waiting to cross at the gates of the Rafah border crossing with Egypt in the southern Gaza strip, with Palestinian security forces standing outside, as the crossing opened for three days for the first time since the Palestinian reconciliation deal. Only humanitarian cases registered with the Palestinian Interior ministry would be allowed to leave through the crossing, however, with this including up to 20,000 people in the empoverished enclave of two million, he added. That Egypt-brokered Palestinian reconciliation deal is expected to lead to more regular opening of the Rafah crossing, which had been totally sealed since August 2017, and was largely closed by Cairo for years beforehand. Photo by Yasser Qudih