Hamas runs Rafah crossing, as Egypt keeps it slowly operating

11:08, June 17, 2010      

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by Saud Abu Ramadan

It was a long day for Nehaya Abu Ghali, the 24-year-old mother, and her two-year-old daughter Salma, as they were waiting at Rafah border crossing point between the southern Gaza Strip and Egypt to travel to Syria to see their family.

"I have two tickets to fly from Cairo to Syria. The flight is scheduled on Thursday afternoon and I have to cross today," said the mother as she sat on a small chair in the shade while having her daughter sleeping in her arms.

Following the Israeli attack on the Gaza-bound Freedom Flotilla on May 31, during which nine activists were killed and dozens wounded, Egypt decided to reopen the Rafah border crossing on June 2 for the stranded Palestinians without announcing when it will be closed again.

"I haven't seen my parents who live in Damascus for three years. I came to Gaza to visit my uncle, then I married with my cousin and have my baby girl, whom my parents haven't seen. I tried several times to visit them, but I wasn't able to leave," said Abu Ghali.


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