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Jun-01-2010 23:04printcommentsVideo

Egypt Orders Crossing Open 'Immediately'

Israel maintains full control of Gaza's borders; not only barring the entry of goods, but the regular passage of Palestinians in both directions.

Rafah gate
Special thanks to al Jazeera for photo of Rafah gate and video

(RAFAH Ma'an) - Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak ordered the Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt to be opened immediately Tuesday, in the wake of Israel's high sea slaying of peace activists trying to break the Israeli blockade on Gaza, which most sources other than Israel, agree is an illegal blockade.

This is the place where American Rachel Corrie, with the International Solidarity Movement, was run down and killed by an Israeli bulldozer operator as she tried to prevent the destruction of a Palestinian doctor's family home.

Ma'an reports that Rafah, the sole crossing into Egypt, will be open in both directions to allow the transit of patients, students, and foreign passport holders for three days, the source said.

The opening came reportedly in response to the death of at least 16 activists by Israeli forces as they stormed an aid convoy destined for Gaza, loaded with humanitarian and medical aid.

The crossing was last opened two weeks prior, after an extended closure.

Israel maintains full control of Gaza's borders, not only barring the entry of goods but the regular passage of Palestinians in both directions.

Special thanks to Ma'an/agencies




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