Gazans do not feel Egyptian border facilities: Haneya

16:46, June 30, 2011      

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People in Gaza have not felt the new Egyptian facilities on movement through the borders, prime minister of the deposed Hamas administration in Gaza Ismail Haneya said Wednesday.

"We have not felt any improvement at the Rafah border crossing and the facilities are intangible so far," Haneya told reporters in Gaza.

Egypt opened Rafah crossing in May on a normal and regular basis, allowing males aged above 40 years old and under 18, and all females, to enter Egypt without any arrangement.

However, the Hamas authorities said Egypt restricted the movement of passengers a few days afterwards.

Declaring the new facilities but "not implementing them on the ground has formed a pressure" on the Palestinian side, Haneya said.

Israel and the former Egyptian government cooperated to cut off movement into Gaza after Hamas took over the coastal enclave in 2007.

Haneya also defended illegal smuggling under Gaza's southern border with Egypt, saying that smuggling tunnels were "the good face of Gaza's government work to break the siege and get around unfair international will."

Source: Xinhua
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