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Aid Rots outside Gaza

Posted in Egypt and Palestine, The Blockade, The Gaza Strip by beyondtheborder on April 17, 2009

Hundreds of thousands of tonnes of aid intended for the Gaza Strip is piling up in cities across Egypt’s North Sinai region, despite recent calls from the United Nations to ease aid flow restrictions to the embattled territory in the wake of Operation Cast Lead.

Food, medicine, blankets, infant food and other supplies for Gaza’s 1.5 million people, coming from governments and non-governmental agencies around the world, are being stored in warehouses, parking lots, stadiums and on airport runways across Egypt’s North Sinai governorate.

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Stranded patients, frustrated medical workers protest Rafah closure

Egypt insists that it will only open the crossing if Hamas and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas reach an agreement to operate the crossing in accordance with the 2005 agreement.

The demonstrators waved flags and held banners of “we call on Egypt to save our lives,” “we call on all parties to avoid Rafah crossing from the political disputes,” “please help us to get our proper medical treatment.”

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Local sources said people carried banners calling for Egypt to open the crossing and  to keep it free of politics. The patients demanded that they be allowed to travel for treatment outside the Gaza Strip since the Israeli siege imposed on Gaza have left the hospitals there unable to treat many illnesses. According to the Department responsible for Borders and Crossings at least 700 Palestinian patients are waiting for the opening of the Rafah border crossing in order to access treatment outside the Strip.

Source: http://www.imemc.org/article/59984

Egypt confiscates fuel meant to be smuggled into Gaza

Posted in Egypt and Palestine, Internal Palestinian Affairs, The Blockade, The Gaza Strip by beyondtheborder on April 15, 2009

Egyptian sources reported on Tuesday that Egyptian border policemen located and confiscated 19.000 liters of fuel that were meant to be smuggled into the Gaza Strip via underground tunnels between Gaza and Egypt.

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Israel is profiting from Egypt-Hezbollah quarrel

Posted in Egypt and Palestine, Israel and Egypt, Opinion Pieces by beyondtheborder on April 12, 2009

Israel, which can regard the events with some satisfaction, is keeping a low profile. Hezbollah’s penetration into Egypt, now facing a close race for Mubarak’s successor, leaves no doubt as to Iran’s intentions. This may result in increased security coordination between Israel and Egypt against arms smuggling into the Strip, and will apparently also dictate Cairo’s continued cool stance toward Gaza.

For full article, visit http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1077896.html

Egypt: We thwarted $2 million transfer to Hamas

Egyptian security sources said Saturday that police have detained a man they say was transporting $2 million to northern Sinai to be smuggled into the Gaza Strip to Hamas. The man, Hassan Mohamed Hassouna, was detained in Cairo along with his driver and eight-year-old son around a week ago, the sources said. The child was returned to his family in north Sinai after spending three days in detention, they added.

For full article, visit http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1077737.html

Hamas denies involvement in alleged Hizbullah plot

Posted in Egypt and Palestine, Internal Palestinian Affairs by beyondtheborder on April 11, 2009

“Egyptian security is part of Palestine’s security,” Barhoum said, adding that Hamas “does not have any information about the group that was seized by Egyptian security but through media outlets.”

Egypt is holding some 49 people in detention on suspicion of working for the Lebanese resistance movement Hizbullah, the country’s attorney general has confirmed.

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Egypt proposes West Bank-Gaza Strip unity committee

Posted in Adminstration and Government, Egypt and Palestine, Internal Palestinian Affairs by beyondtheborder on April 11, 2009

“This was a last-minute proposal, the details of which are unclear, waiting to be clarified during the coming round of talks that will be held at the end of April,” he added.

Al-Bardaweel expressed hope of reaching an agreement during the coming round of talks, and affirmed that “it will not be the last, in the event that there are unresolved issues, because Hamas as well as Fatah is determined to keep the doors open for Palestinian unity.”

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Egypt arrests 15 for building rockets

Posted in Egypt and Palestine, The Gaza Strip by beyondtheborder on April 11, 2009

Egyptian security forces on Friday announced that they had detained 15 people on Friday over accusations they helped make rockets destined to be smuggled into the Hamas-run Gaza Strip via border tunnels.

The sources said authorities had confiscated the outer shells of 60 rockets from a metal workshop in the Sinai town of Sheikh Zuwayed, near the closed Rafah border crossing with Gaza.

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