• Opened on all of the 26 scheduled days.
• The overall number of crossings this month was 18% below the monthly average since the beginning of 2016.
• 56% of permits for business people were approved, including the renewal of permits.
• More than 36% of permits for medical referrals were denied or remained pending; the denial rate for national UN staff from Gaza stood at 41.3%
• The crossing is accessible only to Israeli-issued permit holders, primarily medical and other humanitarian cases, merchants, and aid workers.
* The figures reflect the number of times people crossed, but not the actual number of people crossing.
• Exceptionally opened for 10 days for pilgrims exiting to, and returning from, Mecca for the Hajj, as well as a for a small number of humanitarian cases.
• Since October 2014, the crossing has been closed on all but 65 days.
• At least 27,000 people are registered and waiting to leave Gaza via Rafah, including approximately 5,200 medical cases and 3,300 students, according to the local authorities.
• Prior to the closure of the crossing in 2014, a monthly average of 4,000 people crossed Rafah for health-related reasons.