Gaza Students Protest Continued Closure of Rafah Crossing 18Sep13 September 18, 2013

Palestine News Network     -    17 September 2013

rafah_crossing_copy_1_340_220The students carried Palestinian and Egyptian flags with slogans including, “I want to exercise my right in education,” according to the report, and “open Rafah crossing.”

Following deadly bomb attacks on the Sinai Peninsula, Egyptian officials closed the Rafah closing on September 11.  The two car bomb attacks, targeting Egyptian security forces, killed a total of eleven people, including seven civilians and injured 17 others.

The Palestinian ambassador to Egypt, Barakat al-Farra, said Sunday, “there are Egyptian assurances that the crossing will reopen soon,” mentioning that travel would be restricted to humanitarian needs, foreign passport holders and students. The restriction, he added, would last “until the situation in Sinai improves,” according to the report.

Since the aerial, naval and land blockade imposed on Gaza since 2007, the Rafah crossing has become the sole passageway to and from the Gaza Strip, as traveling through the Israeli controlled Erez crossing is heavily avoided.

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