After the death of 60 Palestinians under Israeli gunfire at the barrier between Israel and the Gaza Strip on Monday, Egypt has decided to open its border for a month to “alleviate the suffering” of the inhabitants.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sissi announced Thursday, May 17 in the evening on social networks open Exceptionally the Egyptian border with the Gaza Strip during the month of Ramadan. On his Facebook page, he indicated that this decision had been taken ” for alleviate the sufferings ” of the 2 million inhabitants of the Palestinian enclave, four days after protests in which 60 Palestinians were killed by the Israeli army at the barrier between Israel and the Gaza Strip.
The Egyptian president had also said Wednesday night be ” in touch ” with Israelis and Palestinians so that “Stop bloodshed” in the Gaza Strip.
The Rafah crossing, bordering Egypt, is the only Israeli-controlled opening of the Gaza Strip to the world, which has been imposing a severe blockade on the Palestinian enclave for more than a decade. Cairo has closed in recent years, citing threats to the country’s security.
Last “long” opening in 2013
The Egyptian authorities also have tense relations with Palestinian Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip, with the Islamist movement stemming from the brotherhood of the Muslim Brotherhood, banned in Egypt. The last time the Rafah crossing was opened for a relatively long period was in 2013 for three weeks.
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The announcement of the opening of the Egyptian border comes hours before a meeting scheduled in Istanbul of leaders of the Muslim world for make condemn the Jewish state after Monday’s bloodshed in the Gaza Strip.
This “Extraordinary summit” of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation will be chaired by the Turkish head of state, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. A huge popular gathering of support for Palestinians is also scheduled in the afternoon in Istanbul.
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