Thousands of Gazans cross as Egypt keeps key border crossing open (4)

21:44, June 04, 2010      

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Meanwhile, Palestinian sources working at Rafah crossing said that around 2,000 people, including stranded Palestinians managed to cross Rafah terminal either heading to Egypt or returning back to Gaza. The sources said that all of them are traveling for humanitarian reasons.

The sources also said that around 15 trucks loaded with tents, electric generators, blankets and clothes were allowed into the Gaza Strip over the last three days.

Haj Mohamed Abu al-Sa'd, who returned to Gaza coming from Egypt through Rafah crossing, said he did not find any difficulty in crossing from Egypt into Gaza, adding "I hope that Egypt will keep the crossing opened to make it easier for the population."

After Israel imposed the blockade on the Gaza Strip, and prohibited various kinds of goods, food products and raw materials for construction and industry, the Palestinians dug thousands of tunnels underneath the borderline between Gaza and Egypt, where various kinds of goods had been smuggled.

However, Israel believed that lifting the blockade would give Hamas and Iran a political victory and would undermine the opportunities of reaching a peace agreement.

Source: Xinhua
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