Hamas prevents Gaza students from entering Egypt
Published Wednesday 18/09/2013 (updated) 19/09/2013 12:48
Palestinian women wait to cross the Rafah terminal.(MaanImages/file)
RAFAH (Ma'an) -- Hamas security forces on Wednesday suppressed a gathering of students hoping to cross the Rafah terminal into Egypt to reach their universities, the official Wafa news agency reported.
Around 200 students were waiting at the main gate to cross into Egypt. Hamas security forces assaulted students at the crossing with batons and forcibly dispersed them with police vehicles, Wafa said.
Hamas denied the students access to Egypt because they had obtained permission to travel from the PA embassy in Cairo, Wafa said.
On Monday, the Egyptians notified the Palestinian Authority that the crossing would operate four hours a day to allow patients and students to leave. The move came in response to a request by President Mahmoud Abbas, they said.
The Rafah crossing has been closed since last Wednesday for security reasons after the Egyptian army started a crackdown against militants in the Sinai peninsula.
Director of the Egyptian side of Rafah Sami Mitwalli told Ma'an that around 300 Palestinians were waiting on the Egyptian side to cross into Gaza.
Officials will try to allow as many passengers as possible to use the terminal on Wednesday, he added.