Thousands of Gazans cross as Egypt keeps key border crossing open (3)

21:44, June 04, 2010      

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Mahmoud al-Zahar, the senior Hamas leader, considered the Egyptian decision to reopen the Rafah crossing "a good step forward," adding "we hope that this step will be followed by other steps, such as keeping the crossing permanently opened."

Operating the crossing between Egypt and Gaza is tied to a U.S. sponsored treaty reached in 2005. Egypt, the Palestinians and Israel signed on the agreement to operate Rafah border crossing with the presence of European Union (EU) inspectors, while Israel observes the crossing through cameras.

However, the crossing stopped operating after Hamas seized control of the Gaza Strip, where the EU inspectors left and Abbas security forces, which were holding control of the crossing, were routed by Hamas militias. But Egypt has temporarily reopened the crossing for several days for humanitarian cases.


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