Egypt orders Rafah border crossing with Gaza remain open in wake of Israeli bloodshed

Ahram Online , Monday 14 May 2018

Palestinian bloodshed
A Palestinian demonstrator shouts during a protest against U.S. embassy move to Jerusalem and ahead of the 70th anniversary of Nakba, at the Israel-Gaza border in the southern Gaza Strip. (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt will keep its Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip open on Monday and plans to send humanitarian aid to the territory, after over 50 Palestinian protesters were killed by Israeli forces.

The aid includes food items and medical supplies, Al-Ahram Arabic reported.

The Rafah border crossing is the main gateway to the outside world for 1.8 million Palestinians living in the besieged Gaza Strip, and is the only crossing point not controlled by Israel.

Earlier this week, Egypt said it would be opening the border crossing from Sunday to Tuesday.

Monday's announcement comes as Israeli occupying forces killed at least 55 and injured 2,700 Palestinian protesters in one of the deadliest offences against Palestinians since the 2014 Gaza war.

Tens of thousands of Palestinians gathered on the border with Israel on Monday, some of them approaching Israel's border fence - a line Israeli leaders vowed Palestinians would not be allowed to breach - to protest the inauguration of a new American embassy in Jerusalem.

The embassy was ordered relocated from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in a controversial decision by US President Donald Trump last December.

Earlier on Monday, Egypt issued a statement condemned the targeting of unarmed Palestinian civilians by occupying Israeli forces, rejecting the use of force against civilians protesting in peaceful marches demanding their legitimate and just rights.

Egypt has repeatedly maintained since the crisis unrolled its full support for the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, especially the right to establish an independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital.


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