Tent placed near Egypt embassy in Gaza to protest Rafah closure
Published Wednesday 12/03/2014 (updated) 12/03/2014 20:14
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – A high committee against the Gaza siege on Wednesday erected a tent in front of Egypt’s embassy in Gaza City to host activists demanding that Egypt reopen the southern Rafah crossing.
Deputy speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council Ahmad Bahar, who joined the inauguration of the protest tent, delivered a speech urging leaders of Arab countries to end the siege imposed on Gaza.
It is a responsibility of the Arab and Islamic nations to support the Palestinian people, he said.
“We still hope that Egypt will reopen the Rafah crossing,” added Bahar highlighting that the Gaza Strip won’t be subdued if Egypt worsens the siege.
Bahar echoed other Hamas leaders remarks about Egypt’s decision to ban the movement's activities. Such a decision, he said, gives justification to whatever Israel does against the Gaza Strip.
Several other Hamas officials attended the tent inauguration.
The Gaza Strip has been under an economic blockade imposed by Israel with Egyptian support since 2006.
The blockade was imposed following the victory of Hamas in the 2006 Palestinian elections and the subsequent 2007 clashes between Fatah and Hamas, which left Hamas in control of the Strip and Fatah in control of the West Bank.
The blockade has severely limited the imports and exports of the Gaza Strip and has led to frequent humanitarian crises and hardship for Gazans.