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3-year-old dies due to closure of Rafah crossing
Published Thursday 13/03/2014 (updated) 15/03/2014 13:39
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A three-year-old child died on Thursday after he was unable to receive medical care abroad due to the closure of the Rafah crossing, an activist group said.

Spokesman for the National Committee to Break the Siege Adham Abu Salmieh said that Ahmad Ammar Abu Nahl was suffering from an enlarged heart and liver and had been planning to go to Turkey via Egypt for treatment.

However, the young child died Thursday while waiting for the crossing to open.

Abu Salmieh told Ma'an that the continued death of victims is unfortunate and demanded the reopening of the Rafah crossing for humanitarian cases.

The Rafah crossing into Egypt has been the principal connection between the Gaza Strip's 1.7 million residents and the outside world since the imposition of an economic blockade by the State of Israel beginning in 2007.

The death of Abu Nahl brings the number of deaths to two as a result of the closure of the crossing since the the Egyptian military overthrew democratically-elected president Morsi, Abu Salmieh said.

Egypt's army has repeatedly closed the Rafah border crossing since the July coup while simultaneously destroying hundreds of tunnels that Gazans used for years to import fuel, building materials and other goods, as well as to enter and exit the blockaded coastal enclave.
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1 ) Palestine Forever / UK
15/03/2014 17:39
Yet another child dies from the madness that goes on everyday. How long will it have to go on before the part of the world that's blinded by Israeli propaganda opens their eyes? R.I.P innocent child <3

2 ) Nur / Tunisia
16/03/2014 00:27
Praying for peace, stability & a brighter future for all. So hope there will be an end to all this pain & destruction. May this child find happiness with the other children of Jannah & may his family find comfort in Allah.

3 ) lochem51 / us
17/03/2014 03:21
Palestine Forever/UK, why blame Israel, Egypt controls the Rafah crossing, Israel has nothing to do with this tragedy. R.I.P innocent child

4 ) Outlier / USA
19/03/2014 04:52
The death is Hamas' to own. Its support of Islamic Jihadist adventures in Sinai and of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt caused the closure, which caused the death.

5 ) Hind / Scotand
02/05/2014 17:14
Lochem51 in the US in incorrect: Israel is also involved in the border systems at the Rafah Crossing out of Gaza. They have personnel there and control the computer systems and the lists of names of people wishing to cross the border. They can identify people that have been imprisoned by Israel perhaps decades beforehand. Israel collaborates with Egypt.
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