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Egyptian military block activist aid convoy to Gaza
Published Saturday 19/07/2014 (updated) 20/07/2014 09:10
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Egyptian security forces patrol the northern Sinai peninsula,
on Aug. 8, 2012 (AFP/File)
BALLOZA CHECKPOINT, Egypt (AFP) -- Egyptian soldiers in north Sinai prevented an aid convoy of activists from reaching the Rafah border crossing with the embattled Gaza Strip on Saturday, an AFP correspondent said.

An army officer at the Balloza checkpoint, one of many along the desert highway to Rafah, told an AFP correspondent that the security situation in the restive peninsula was too unstable to allow the convoy of 11 buses and 500 activists to pass.

There was a brief scuffle between some activists and soldiers but no arrests were made.

Egypt usually keeps the crossing closed, citing a counter-insurgency operation against militants in north Sinai, but has allowed entry to Palestinians wounded in the 12-day conflict between Hamas and Israel.

At least 333 Palestinians and three Israelis have died in the unrest, the third conflict to erupt in and around Gaza in seven years.

The Egyptian military had earlier said it was sending 500 tonnes of food and medical aide to the besieged enclave.

Hamas, militant Islamist rulers of Gaza, have refused to accept a ceasefire with Israel until it receives guarantees that border crossings to Gaza -- all but one under Israeli control -- will be opened.
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1 ) AKeenReader / UK
19/07/2014 22:58
Sad to see a muslim country unhelpful which gives Israeli@s more ammunition.

2 ) christian palestinian / usa
20/07/2014 00:27
Egypt is controlled by a zionist government installed by outside countries!

3 ) SHIRLEY / AUSTRALIA
20/07/2014 14:43
YES LOKE ERDOGAN SAID SISI IS A BRUTAL TYRANT MONSTER THIS IS JUST GLOATING SISI THE OBAMA KERRY STOOGE OBAMA GLOATS HOW MANY PEOPLE HE KILLS WHAT IS QWRONG WITH YOU ARABS SISI HIS UNCLE WAS IN ISREAL PARLIMENT AND COLLUDING TAKING HIS ORDERS FROM BLAIR THE MOST ARDENT ANTI MUSLIM JEW LOVER WAR CRIMINAL AND SISI AND IRAN RUB SHOULDERS WITH THIS SCXUM AND MALAKI SHIA IN IRAQGET BLAIR SACXKED UN A DISGRACE FORGET PUTIN THE LIAR EVEN MUBARAK NOT THIS BAD REJECT BLAIR ABASS DEMAND EGYPT OPEN RAFAH

4 ) awaatif / rsa
20/07/2014 16:59
shame on u egypt! where's yr humanity? why u in bed with the whores usa and israel?????

5 ) Outlier / USA
20/07/2014 17:51
Egypt does not have a dog in this fight and sees no reason to add one. Smart.

6 ) Djamel58 / Algzria
20/07/2014 21:52
Egyptian authorities are afraid from isra?liens

7 ) Humid / USA
20/07/2014 23:23
Ask yourself does the Arab stay silent because Hamas is using civilian homes to launch rockets or because they are alien Zionist from another planet

8 ) Outlier / USA
21/07/2014 02:41
(first comment spiked) Egypt does not have a dog in this fight and sees no need to add one. Smart.

9 ) Walheed / Iraq
21/07/2014 05:08
Ismael Haniya the head if hamas is jewish, his grandmother , his mothers mother is a yahood

10 ) Dare u to post / USA
21/07/2014 09:36
Everybody that doesn't support Hamas targeting innocents are intergalactic space Zionist from the Milky Way, that's the only logic
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