lundi 24 avril 2017

Gaza Interior Ministry urges Egypt to unblock Rafah crossing

Le ministère de l'Intérieur de Gaza exhorte l'Egypte à ouvrir le passage de Rafah


The Gaza-based Palestinian Interior Ministry urged on Sunday evening the Egyptian authorities to unblock the Rafah border crossing so as to allow 20,000 humanitarian cases a safe access out of the besieged enclave.

The Interior Ministry spokesman, Iyad al-Bazem, said over 20,000 Palestinians, mostly humanitarian cases, students, and holders of foreign passports, have been trapped at the Palestinian side of the Rafah border-crossing as the Egyptian authorities have kept the passageway closed for 45 days running.

Al-Bazem urged Egypt to open the border crossing at the soonest time possible so as to relieve the weight of the crisis wrought by the decade-long Israeli blockade on the Gaza Strip.

Access out of Rafah crossing has been blocked by the Egyptian authorities on a quasi-permanent basis since July 2013. Since the start of 2017, the passageway has been kept closed for 104 days and exceptionally opened for 11 days only.

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