Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Egypt keeps Rafah crossing open for third day on humanitarian grounds


RAFAH, (PIC)-- The Egyptian authorities have unlocked the Rafah crossing on Gaza borders before incoming passengers from the blockaded Strip for the third day, the Palestinian Interior Ministry said.

Egypt has opened the Rafah border crossing for passengers from the Gaza Strip for the first time in almost two months, allowing sick Gaza residents and students access out of and into the Strip.

Some 1,000 Palestinian passengers, among 35,000 stranded travelers registered in wait-lists, gained smooth access out of and into the Gaza Strip for the first time since a two months’ time.

The state of affairs in the Gaza Strip has gone from bad to worse ever since the Egyptian authorities shut the crossing on October 24, resulting in tightening the noose around Gazans’ necks and amplifying the number of passengers already stuck in the border crossing.

The Popular Committee against the Siege called on Egypt to keep the Rafah crossing open unconditionally rather than sporadically.

“The blockade policy makes Gazans’ agony even worse,” head of the committee, Hamdi Sha’at, said. “People’s needs cannot be met in single days and nights.” more

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