The largely sealed border between Gaza and Egypt opened under the Paletinian authority control for first time in a decade.

Egypt’s Interior Ministry spokesman told AFP the RAFAH crossing from the coastal Palestinian enclave into Egypt would be open for three days from Saturday.

He however, said only humanitarian cases registered with the ministry would be allowed to leave, with this including up to 20,000 people in the empoverished enclave of two million.

Under the terms of a Palestinian reconciliation agreement reached last month, Hamas are supposed to cede power to west bank-based Fatah Paty of President Mahmoud Abbas by December 1.

As a first step, they handed over control of the crossings on November 1.

That Egypt-brokered deal is expected to lead to more regular opening of the Rafah crossing, which Cairo has largely shuttered in recent years