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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.
Urgent appeal from Gaza to the citizens of the world, Help us ! – Noor Harazeen
Please contact your embassies on :
Egyptian embassy in WDC :
We are stuck in the Gaza strip – the world’s biggest open air prison, The Egyptian military closed the ” Rafah ” border for almost a month now !! Many Gazan patients, students, and others aren’t able to leave !! While the Israeli\Egyptian border ” Taba ” didn’t close for one single day !!
Today the Egyptians said that they will be opening ” Rafah ” tomorrow only to let people enter Gaza, but no one will be leaving the Gaza strip !!
What kind of treatment is this ?! coming from your Arab neighboring country ?!
We need your help, Please share, email the Egyptian embassies in your countries, call the Egyptian ambassadors, tell them that you don’t accept such treatment towards Palestinians, condemn the closure, protest!!
We need an international action .. Please feel what we are feeling, Please help us .. Please – Noor Harazeen
This is a call form the Palestinian youth, please join us addressing our message to Egypt, we are stuck in Gaza – the world's biggest open air prison, and we need your help, start hashtagging\tweeting #Open_Rafah_border
Ahmad Fahmi, Middle East Monitor
Monday, 03 March 2014
The Egyptian controlled Rafah border crossing, which is located in the southern Gaza Strip, links Gaza with the outside world. The Palestinians of the tiny impoverished enclave are denied their right to freedom of movement into and out of Gaza.
Gaza's population of 1.8 million can only use Cairo International Airport to fly to other countries.
Endless protests and sit-in's have been held by Gazans in recent months, calling on Egyptian authorities to keep it open permanently 24/7. The peaceful protestors have also called on all concerned parties such as the Palestinian Authority that has a good relationship with the new Egyptian regime to intervene in order to spare the people of Gaza any more suffering.
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The Palestine General Federation of Trade and Labor Unions protested at the Rafah crossing to demand its permanent reopening and an end to the Egyptian military restrictions along the border with Gaza.
Gazan workers who make up most of work force in coastal enclave have been hit with high unemployment following the Egyptian military crackdown on tunnels which are considered as Gaza’s lifeline amid the choking Israeli blockade. Now that most of tunnels are either destroyed or closed workers demand that Rafah be used also as a commercial crossing to allow badly needed goods into the besieged territory.The Egyptian military has maintained tight restrictions on nearly 1.8 million Gazans following the ouster of Egyptian president Mohammad Morsi last July.
The continued Egyptian military’s restrictions at Rafah have only exacerbated the already tight and inhumane Israeli blockade in place since 2007. Gazans blame the international community and especially Arab countries’ silence for their suffering.Analysts say the Israeli apartheid regime and the Egyptian military seem to be working hand in hand in blockading the people of Gaza. The Egyptian military has kept the Rafah crossing closed most of the time since the ouster of Egyptian president Mohammad Morsi last year. Many people here believe the Egyptian military is acting as Israel's proxy in maintaining the blockade.
Border Crossing after it was opened for two days last week. Chairman of Crossings and Borders, Maher Abo Sabha, appeals to Egyptian authorities for opening the crossing permanently to alleviate sufferings of Palestinian people in Gaza Strip. He states, there are ongoing communications with Egyptians to open the Crossing for humanitarian cases.
Egyptian military often closes Rafah border crossing, which is the only outlet for Palestinians in Palestinian enclave.
Dozens of Palestinian children, some of them suffer permanent disabilities, participated Wednesday in a sit-in outside the Rafah crossing gate, offering their computers to solve the computer malfunctioning problem cited by Egyptian authorities to close the crossing.
The children were carrying their computers and banners reading "Take our computers to keep Rafah crossing open", and "We will offer you our pocket money to buy new computers ".
Gaza’s Rafah crossing with Egypt has been closed more often than opened in recent months under the pretext that the computer system at the crossing broke down.
Chairman of Borders Maher AboSabha affirms the Egyptian side will open Rafah Border Crossing on Wednesday and Thursday.
He says travelling will be permitted for previous lists.
Interior Ministry urges passengers to come to exterior hall at six o'clock am near Rafah Border Crossing.
Egyptian Authorities have closed this, the only border crossing to Palestine from Egypt, for 11 consecutive days.
A humanitarian aid convoy entitled "Miles of Smiles 24" was prevented from entering the coastal enclave despite special arrangements made previously with Egyptian authorities to enter on Saturday, deputy manager of a Gaza government committee against the siege Alaa al-Battah told Ma'an.
Al-Battah highlighted that the convoy was carrying humanitarian aid, including medicines and accommodation equipment, for Gaza residents who suffered serious property damages during the winter storm Alexa which hit the area in December.