» 05/28/2011, 00.00
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.
24/01/2008 EGYPT – ISRAEL – PALESTINE
Egypt blocks Palestinian ‘exodus’ in Rafah
Since yesterday Egypt’s border police has allowed some 350,000 Gazans to reach Rafah driven by the need to buy food and fuel. Ordered by Egyptian President Mubarack, police is today stopping cars and people illegally coming through the breaks in the border wall. In Israel the country’s High Court is asked to hear a petition presented by some associations who want the blockade lifted.
03/12/2008 EGYPT - PALESTINE
Hamas: no pilgrimage to Mecca for faithful of Gaza Strip
Their offense is that they asked for permission to leave from the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, controlled by Fatah. An internal power struggle is affecting the Muslims, and is judged as "an abominable crime" by the highest Sunni authority in Egypt. The news is raising ironic comments from Israeli newspapers.
18/06/2007 PALESTINE - ISRAEL
Hamas’ isolation, a chance for peace with Israel
While there’s the risk of increased terrorism with the fundamentalist group’s victory in Gaza, there is also a possibility, if more weight is given to the PLO, for peace in the Middle East. It is urgent that Israel, the PLO and Arab countries begin peace talks.
In Gaza, people favour peace with Israel and criticize Hamas government
The outcome of a survey. Overcome the division among Palestinians a priority, more than the rebuilding of what has been destroyed by the Israelis. "Terrible" economic situation, deteriorated under the government of the Islamic movement, whose leaders would receive few votes should they participate in presidential elections. But the ban on men and women together on a motorcycle finds consensus.
01/02/2008 PALESTINE - ISRAEL
The Gaza border is under control, while Egypt is pushing Hamas and Abbas to dialogue
Cairo hopes to restore the Palestinian Authority as the guarantee of security in Gaza. But dialogue between Abbas and Meshal is still difficult. Human Rights Watch accuses Israel and the international community of creating a "humanitarian crisis" in the Gaza Strip.
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