About 4 years ago Egypt closed their borders with the Gaza strip to nearly all citizens and other traffic due to the political unrest in the area. Today however, 4 years later, that border crossing has once again reopened and with it hope has flooded back into the hearts of many in the area.
According to analysts in the area many citizens on both sides of the border were affected greatly by the strong blockade which prevented nearly all traffic from crossing between the two areas. Groups of fully packed busses crossed from both sides of the border to reunite families and friends that may have not seen each other since the border restrictions were put in place.
According to many on the Palestinian side the border reopening is a very big deal for them simply because it opens up a whole new trade market as well as much improved healthcare. Prior to the travel ban many Palestinians traveled to Egypt for medical treatments and many have already been transported to Egypt following the revocation of the travel ban.
Overall political analysts in the area say it is a good sign that the border between Egypt and Gaza has reopened although it is not the end of the story in the area. Political unrest and fighting are still continuing in much of the area and unless more is done analysts say that there will likely not be any sort of resolution anytime soon.