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Political parties urge Egypt's El-Sisi to open Rafah crossing permanently

Several political parties and revolutionary movements are organising a protest in solidarity with Palestinians at the Journalists' Syndicate Sunday

Ahram Online , Sunday 13 Jul 2014
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Rafah border crossing on Egypt-Gaza border (Photo: Reuters)
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Several political parties and revolutionary movements held a meeting Saturday to discuss a united position regarding the Israeli aggression on Gaza, and from which they issued a joint statement to condemn the Israeli attack, urging the Egyptian president to open the Rafah crossing permanently.
 
"We are calling on the president and the Egyptian government to adopt honestly the Egyptian people's position on the Palestinian cause and to open the Rafah crossing, not only because of the attack but permanently," said the statement, adding that the Rafah crossing was a matter of life and death to the Palestinian people and should not be part of political considerations. 
 
"Opening the Rafah crossing permanently will not stop Egypt from taking precautions to secure our national security," the statement said.
 
Rafah crossing was opened exceptionally for the critically injured Thursday. At least 11 cases were transferred from Gaza hospitals to Al-Arish and Cairo hospitals.  
 
Egyptian authorities have largely kept the crossing closed since former president Mohamed Morsi's removal, citing security concerns in the restive Sinai Peninsula where an Islamist insurgency is burgeoning.
 
The closure of the crossing has taken a toll on an estimated 1.7 million Palestinians living in the Hamas-dominated Gaza Strip, under a crippling Israeli siege since 2006.
 
The parties also announced they would organise a protest at the Journalists' Syndicate in Cairo Sunday evening.
 
Activists are also collecting food and medicine for a relief aid convey that will head to Gaza next week. 
 
Among the parties and movements that signed the statement are the Constitution Party, the Egyptian Social Democratic Party, the Strong Egypt Party, the Egypt Freedom Party, the Nasserist Popular Current, the Revolutionary Path Front and the Popular Socialist Alliance Party.
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Albert
13-07-2014 09:25pm
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Each of us is responsible for the lives of our heroes in Sinai
Journalism syndicate and others: Never forget that. Nobody wants that the sacred blood of our security forces and of our second field army soldiers be spilled because of misguided demands. Don't forget : 24 hours ago 20 missiles smuggled from Gaza were seized by our soldiers along with their terrorists escorts ! Tahya masr.
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IVI
13-07-2014 04:22pm
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Indeed common sense
The President and the Government know better what is best for Egypt. They have information that we don't have and Egypt's National Security is an issue that cannot be discused at the Journalists's Syndicate. Each issue shoul be given to the right person otherwise we risk to simply fall in a trap. Egyptians strongly condemned from the begining Gaza agression and in the same time the President and the Government actions up to this moment speak louder than words . At this crucial time, deeds, not words, matter most. They have the responsibility to protect the 90 millions Egyptians, so, we have to let them take the proper action that is best for Egypt.
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Masry
14-07-2014 03:21pm
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Khaled you're just an ignorant sheep
El Sisi is the loved elected president of the Egyptian people. PERIOD. I have never seen this amount of love from a population towards an elected president before.despites Hamas' stupid decision egypts government has been exerting pressure against Israel to cease fire has sent hundreds of tons of humanitarian aid... Yet Hamas is still helping terrorists in Egypt 20 missles were seized while being smuggled from gaza to Egypt .... We need to continue helping the palastinian people but we must protect our people against these terrorists as well....
Khaled Egypt
13-07-2014 08:22pm
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Selfishness & inhuman
There should no confusion that Gen CC & all Arab monarch & dictators are standin behind Israel's aggression & massacare.These so called dicatators just want to teach poor Palestinean for electiing Hamas.In all western & non-arab countries public are comming out in support of palestinean & against Israeli aggression but shamlessly Egyptian and Arab dictators even no allowing public anger & protest against Israeli agression.So expecting anything from CC or Arab monarch is useless.This is the time that Arab public and Egyptians must re-start the in complete Arab spring to get rid of these zionist agents ruling on them.
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