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Official: Egypt crossing can transfer goods to Gaza
Published Saturday 01/12/2012 (updated) 02/12/2012 17:01
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Egypt's Rafah crossing into the Gaza Strip was used to transfer humanitarian supplies during Israel's recent assault, showing that Egypt could help break the economic siege on Gaza, Palestinian border officials said Saturday.

Rafah is Gaza's only border crossing not controlled by Israel, which imposes a blockade on the coastal strip.

During Israel's eight-day assault, medical and humanitarian goods were transferred through the crossing into Gaza, “which proves the terminal can be used for shipping goods,” crossings director Mahir Abu Sabha said.

Since the fall of Hosni Mubarak, Egypt has relaxed its own border restrictions, opening the terminal for passengers.

However, Egypt said Rafah is not equipped for good transfers and its development is restricted under international agreements.

An official from Gaza's Ministry of Public Works said Friday they will sign an agreement with Egypt next week for construction materials to enter the Gaza Strip via Rafah.

Passengers policy

Abu Sabha confirmed that there were still some restrictions on Palestinian passengers using the crossing to travel abroad.

Egypt had required Palestinians in Gaza wanting to travel abroad to be escorted under guard from Rafah to the airport, and not permitted to enter the country.

This policy was relaxed, but on Saturday Palestinians travelers told Ma'an they were being escorted again to Cairo airport. Abu Sabha said Egypt had not entirely ended its transfer policy.

But he noted that the crossing was open seven days a week, with around 700 passengers traveling each day.
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1 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
01/12/2012 18:07
More proof the only prison is the mindset of the pro-Palestinian lobby that for years has pretended there is no Egyptian blockade of Gaza. Just like the UN concluded, the Egyptian blockade of Iran-armed Hamas is totally legal, just like the Israeli blockade. Hamas is a known and recognized terrorist organization that spits in the face of international law. Its policy is to shoot at civilians, and its leaders who order the attacks are obviously war criminals.

2 ) Julie / USA
01/12/2012 19:01
#1 you hypocritical, lying thug! your criminal 'state' of izrael violates far more international laws with greater frequency & murders exponentially more innocent civilians than hamas EVER has (NOT excusing hamas crimes). you will never be a real man until you face the truth that your state-sponsored terrorist nation's decades of DOCUMENTED war crimes, ethnic cleansing, crimes against humanity & breaking every single truce brokered far exceeds hamas. the world KNOWS! denial is why you're loathed

3 ) shirley / australia
01/12/2012 22:24
the croosing in essence blockade was lifted pals were not allowed to cross it was sealed shut for months at atime so 700 aday crossing has broken it the and egypt working to lift to 1500 aday and RAFAH could take export gaza goods and import but would need to be expanded a bit larger for everything UN used to bring in goods and why were EU moniters there if good not bought in the sea blockade needs to also liftedand 6 russians killed plus alot of violence in sinai at moment and anti pals

4 ) Fred / UK
01/12/2012 23:43
Brian Cohen,there are many war criminals in the middle east,the top of the list will be the Israeli leaders,wait until Palestine can have access to the ICC,then will see who are the war criminals.

5 ) kolin thumbadoo / Australia
01/12/2012 23:55
How convenient that zionists forget that their own Stern gang was the first so called terrorist organisation courtesy of the dupliciteous British who gave the world this catastrophy.

6 ) carine / UK
02/12/2012 00:36
"........that spits in the face of International law. It's policy is to shoot at civilians, and it's leaders who order the attacks are obviously war criminals." I don't know how you can say that with a straight face, Brian Cohen! Take a look in the mirror. BTW - Palmer (hand-picked by Israel) may have reckoned the blockade was legal, but it was never endorsed by UN. I think you suffer from selective memory...

7 ) Tibi / Tubas
02/12/2012 00:44
IF Egypt's crossing can transfer humanitarian goods to Gaza, THEN Israel will gladly transfer humanitarian to Egypt, BUT Egypt must better honors it's commitment to halt the weapons flow now, better than it did before the 8-day last conflict !!!!

8 ) John Hillary / Neew Zealand
02/12/2012 04:04
2) Exactly.

9 ) gabi / australia
02/12/2012 07:55
Brian Cohen - I've said it before but it hasn't sunk in apparently. So here we go again. More and more people are believing less and less of Israeli propaganda. And for any pro-settlement Israeli to quote International law is the height of hypocrisy. Same thing goes for the use of the term "war criminal." Who were the war criminals who founded Israel? Shamir, Begin, Ben Gurion, Sharon, et al and you subsequently made them prime ministers and gave them medals!! So give us a break!
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