23 October, 2014 AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook            

Help AsiaNews | About us | P.I.M.E. | | RssNewsletter | Mobile





mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato
e-mail this to a friend printable version


» 05/28/2011
EGYPT – PALESTINE – ISRAEL
Egypt opens crossing with Gaza, Israel protests
The hitherto-closed Rafah Crossing is now open. It was shut down following Hamas’ takeover of Gaza in 2007. The border post will stay open from 9 am to 9 pm for women, children and men over 40. Israel opposes the move, fearing it might to lead to weapons smuggling into the territory. A rocket was fired overnight from Gaza into southern Israel.

Cairo (AsiaNews/Agencies) – Egypt relaxed restrictions at its border with the Gaza Strip, allowing many Palestinians to cross freely for the first time in four years. Women, children and men over 40 are now allowed to pass freely. Men aged between 18 and 40 will still require a permit, and trade is still prohibited. The move, strongly opposed by Israel, comes some three months after Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak lost power. Meanwhile, an Israeli military spokesperson said that a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed in southern Israel without causing any casualties or damages.

Among the first to cross the reopened border post were two ambulances ferrying patients from the hitherto-blockaded Gaza Strip for treatment in Egypt as well as a minibus carrying a dozen visitors. About 400 Gazans were reported to be waiting at the crossing. Egypt and Israel closed borders with Gaza when Hamas seized power in 2007.

Israel opposes Egypt’s move, concerned that weapons will be imported into Gaza through the Egyptian frontier, but Egyptian authorities insist they will conduct thorough searches of all those crossing.

For analysts, the decision to ease the border controls is symbolically important, a signal that the new leadership in Egypt is shifting the dynamics of the Middle East. With elections coming up in Egypt, the change in policy is likely to be popular with a public sympathetic to the Palestinian cause. But for Israel, this has meant raising its security level.

The border crossing will be open from 9 am to 9 pm each day, except Fridays and holidays.

The latest move comes a month after Egypt pushed through a unity deal between the two main Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas, which rule the West Bank and the Gaza Strip respectively.

Last year, Israel eased restrictions on goods entering Gaza, but severe shortages in the territory remain. However, the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross view the blockade as a violation of international humanitarian law.

Meanwhile, the Israeli military said that rocket was fired into southern Israel overnight. "A rocket fired from Gaza landed last night in the Eshkol region and caused no injuries or damage," a military spokesperson said. If confirmed, it would be the first rocket to have been fired in nearly a month and a half.


e-mail this to a friend printable version

See also
01/24/2008 EGYPT – ISRAEL – PALESTINE
Egypt blocks Palestinian ‘exodus’ in Rafah
12/03/2008 EGYPT - PALESTINE
Hamas: no pilgrimage to Mecca for faithful of Gaza Strip
06/18/2007 PALESTINE - ISRAEL
Hamas’ isolation, a chance for peace with Israel
by Arieh Cohen
02/02/2010 PALESTINE-ISRAEL
In Gaza, people favour peace with Israel and criticize Hamas government
02/01/2008 PALESTINE - ISRAEL
The Gaza border is under control, while Egypt is pushing Hamas and Abbas to dialogue

Editor's choices
IRAQ - ITALY
Almost 700,000 euros raised as the 'Adopt a Christian from Mosul' campaign continues
by Bernardo CervelleraA second instalment is sent with funds raised in September. The fate of East-West relations is being played out in the Middle East and Iraq. Pope Francis and the Synod issue an appeal. Governments are lukewarm. Aid is coming from around the world. A new international community is defeating the "globalisation of indifference."
IRAQ-VATICAN
"Adopt a Christian from Mosul": Archbishops’ thanks as first aid arrives
by Amel NonaMsgr. Amel Nona, the Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul, who is also a refugee himself, thanks all the donors to the AsiaNews campaign. The situation is increasingly difficult given the huge number of refugees and the arrival of winter and snow, making outdoor shelters and tents impossible. The crisis, an occasion that activates the faith of Christians.
ITALY - IRAQ
After raising € 350,000, 'Adopt a Christian from Mosul' campaign continues
by Bernardo CervelleraDonations raised up to 31 August have been sent to the patriarch of Baghdad and the bishops of Kurdistan. The campaign helps to feed, house, clothe, and bring comfort to more than 150,000 Christian, Yazidi, Turkmen, Shia and Sunni refugees who fled the violence of the army of the Islamic Caliphate. People in Italy and around the world have been generous, including the poor and the unemployed, a sign of hope for the world as well as those who suffer and those who give.

Dossier

by Giulio Aleni / (a cura di) Gianni Criveller
pp. 176
Copyright © 2003 AsiaNews C.F. 00889190153 All rights reserved. Content on this site is made available for personal, non-commercial use only. You may not reproduce, republish, sell or otherwise distribute the content or any modified or altered versions of it without the express written permission of the editor. Photos on AsiaNews.it are largely taken from the internet and thus considered to be in the public domain. Anyone contrary to their publication need only contact the editorial office which will immediately proceed to remove the photos.