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Hamas warns of a 'humanitarian crisis' if Rafah crossing to Gaza is not re-opened

Hamas Foreign Ministry warns of possible humanitarian crisis in Gaza Strip from 'the closure of the Rafah crossing'

Ahram Online, Thursday 1 Aug 2013
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Rafah border crossing on Egypt-Gaza borders (Photo: Reuters)
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The Hamas Foreign Ministry on Thursday warned of a possible humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip caused by "the closure of the Rafah crossing." The Ministry called for the reopening of the crossing to all goods and passengers travelling to the Strip, reported Al-Ahram Arabic news website.

"All crossings to the Gaza Strip must remain open," affirmed the press statement, pointing out that the Rafah crossing is, "Gaza's only gate onto the world after the Israeli occupation blocked all other entry points."

The statement added that working hours for the Rafah crossing had been reduced from 9 to 4 hours, after the crossing was reopened by Egyptian authorities, leading to an average of only 150 Palestinians leaving the Strip daily.

Passage through the crossing is limited to Arabs, foreigners, Palestinians with foreign citizenships and a few Palestinian patients, noted the Ministry, condemning the closure as a breach of the fundamental right of free movement.

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medo
01-08-2013 07:01pm
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Really??
Hamas should have thought about that when they started killing Egyptians!! Bit late now to talk about Humanitarian crisis!!
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abubakr
03-08-2013 09:14am
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haivan
eyy haivan, these zionists animals killing thousands of inocent people by any means of this word. and muslim brothers and sisters left without wate and food on ramadan. try not to eat or drink water 12 hours and watch ur self how u will feel ur animalty
Raz
02-08-2013 08:55pm
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No Shame
It's the holy month of Ramadan and you are punishing the entire Palestinian population, fellow Muslims, for what a few mad men did, you are no better than the zionists, shame on you!
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