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'The Governments of Egypt and Norway, supported by President Mahmoud Abbas, have decided to co-host a conference on Palestine with a focus on the reconstruction of Gaza. The invitations to the conference, to be held in Cairo, will be duly extended once an agreement on a sustainable ceasefire has been reached as a result of the ongoing talks in Cairo,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
'The people of Gaza are suffering, and there is an urgent need for emergency relief. The UN and NGOs have already begun working on this, with the support of Norway, among others. The basic infrastructure must be repaired so that the people have access to electricity, water and sanitation,' said Mr Brende.
World Bulletin / News Desk
Egyptian authorities have agreed to allow Hamas deputy leader Moussa Abu Marzouq to cross into the Gaza Strip to attend reconciliation talks with rival Fatah.
"Abu Marzouq will come from Egypt on Monday morning through the Rafah border crossing," Youssef Rizka, a political advisor to Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, told Anadolu Agency late Sunday.
Tensions between Gaza and Israel are mounting once again. There have been Israeli air strikes and Islamic Jihad rockets, and Israel recently claimed that it had intercepted a Gaza-bound missiles shipment, though the claim seemed rather implausible.
It also said it had uncovered what it described as the “most advanced” tunnel into Israel from Gaza which could have been used to mount attacks. On the other side of Gaza’s hermetically sealed boundaries, Egypt claimed to have destroyed a mind-boggling 1,370 smuggling tunnels.
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) — Egyptian authorities on Sunday denied entry to a Malaysian delegation seeking to enter the Gaza Strip through the Rafah crossing, Gaza government officials said.
Palestinian officials said eight solidarity activists from Malaysia attempted to cross through to Gaza four times, and that on the fourth time they were deported.
The officials denounced the Egyptian actions, saying the Malaysian delegation was set to provide Gaza residents with humanitarian aid through the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Gaza City.
TEHRAN (FNA)- The United Nations asked each of Egypt and Israel to ease their siege on the Gaza Strip.
The London-based Arabic newspaper ‘A-Hayat’ quoted Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the UN Secretary-General, as saying in a press conference on Friday that the UN has not stopped urging Egypt and Israel to end restrictions on Gaza crossings, PIC reported.
UNRWA commissioner-general Filippo Grandi had earlier called for lifting the "oppressive" siege on Gaza.
He said that both Egypt and Israel bear the responsibility for the blockade on Gaza Strip, adding that civilians should be spared consequences of conflicts.
By Nidal al-Mughrabi
GAZA (Reuters) – The outgoing head of the U.N. agency that aids Palestinian refugees urged Israel and Egypt on Tuesday to lift their border restrictions on the Hamas Islamist-run Gaza Strip.
Filippo Grandi, commissioner-general of the United Nations Relief and Works Organization (UNRWA), said Israel and Egypt had legitimate security concerns but that the plight of the 1.8 million Palestinians in Gaza should also be taken into account.
By Nidal al-Mughrabi Sun Mar 23, 2014
GAZA (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of Palestinians rallied in Gaza on Sunday to show support for their Islamist Hamas government, which has long been at loggerheads with Israel but is now shunned by Egypt as well.
The military-backed government that toppled the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas's ideological kin, in Cairo last year deems the Palestinian faction a security threat. An Egyptian court this month banned Hamas activities in the country, and Cairo has clamped down on smuggling tunnels across the Sinai-Gaza border.
Egypt will reopen the crossing to allow pilgrims to travel to Saudi Arabia and let returning pilgrims into the Palestinian territory, Maher Abu Sabha, the head of Gaza's crossings and border authority, told Anadolu Agency.
March 19, 2014
GAZA: The Palestinian group Hamas yesterday called Egypt’s curbs on movement through its crossing with the Gaza Strip a “crime against humanity”, in an unprecedented rebuke of its Arab neighbour that further frays their worsening ties.
The closures, that Egypt says were introduced because of security concerns, have cut off imports of medicine and aid to the impoverished coastal enclave and prevented travel by thousands of Gazans and patients seeking treatment abroad.