Sunday, 24 April 2011

Rafah crossing opens briefly but Egypt makes no commitment to lift siege

Despite talk of 'solidarity' trips emanating from Egypt's ruling military council, Egypt is still dragging its feet on opening the Rafah crossing. It opened briefly today.
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- The Rafah crossing will operate Sunday for those who registered last week, a crossings official said.

Egyptian authorities will open the crossing after it was shut down for two consecutive days over the weekend for Egyptian holidays.

Officials said Thursday that the Egyptian government would apply new procedures at the Rafah crossing on the Egypt-Gaza border to ease travel for residents of the besieged coastal enclave.

During a meeting in Cairo, Baha Ad-Dusuqi, head of Palestinian affairs in the Egypt's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, informed Gaza government spokesman Taher An-Nunu that new measures would be in place at the terminal soon. more

Farmer shot on northern border as Israel moves to expand illegal buffer zone

Another farmer shot as IDF enforces its illegal 'buffer zone' on the northern border. Indeed, Israel is now taking measures to expand the zone with moves to reopen the tallest observation tower in Gaza at Nahal Oz. It is sited in the same disused industrial zone east of Gaza City that saw warehouses destroyed by the IDF earlier this week.
A Palestinian farmer was shot yesterday by Israeli gunfire during his work in the north of Beit Lahya, northern Gaza Strip. more