• Opened on all Opened on 20 out of 26 scheduled days, and closed on six days due to Jewish holidays.
• The overall number of crossings was 45% below the monthly average recorded since the beginning of 2016 and the lowest since December 2014.
• The crossing is accessible only to Israeli-issued permit holders, primarily medical and other humanitarian cases, merchants, and aid workers.
• 309 out of 455 permit applications for business people were approved, including permit renewals.
• The denial rate for national UN staff from Gaza stood at 52% in October.
• According to WHO, the approval rate for medical referrals in October stood at 44%, the lowest such rate since April 2009
* The figures reflect the number of times people crossed, but not the actual number of people crossing.
• Exceptionally opened for 7 days.
• Since October 2014, the crossing has been closed on all but 72 days, and has been partially open for 33 days since the beginning of this year.
• At least 20,000 people are on the waiting list, 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.