Palestinian medical staff stand next to a patient as she speaks to the media, calling on Egypt to open the Rafah crossing, in front of the Rafah border crossing in the southern Gaza Strip on November 6, 2014. AFP PHOTO/SAID KHATIB
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Dozens of Palestinian doctors and patients held a sit-in at the Rafah border crossing in southern Gaza Thursday, demanding Egypt reopen the frontier to allow people out for medical treatment.The crossing, Gaza's only gateway to the world which is not controlled by Israel, has been closed since October 25 following a deadly suicide bombing in northern Sinai which killed 30 Egyptian soldiers.In the weeks leading up to the closure on October 25, a total of 6,079 people exited via the Rafah crossing, the figures show.The number of Palestinians leaving Gaza via Israel's Erez crossing meanwhile reached 8,666 during October, according to Gisha, of them 2,004 medical patients and their companions.
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