GAZANS CALL ON EGYPT TO REOPEN RAFAH CROSSING FOR PATIENTS

GAZA, Palestine, Dozens demonstrated at the gate of Rafah crossing, between southern Gaza Strip and Egypt, calling on the Egyptian Authorities to reopen the closed crossing for patients.

The demonstrators rallied at the border with Egypt, to call for immediate transfer of patients, who suffer critical health conditions, to Egyptian hospitals, after many of the patients were banned from reaching Israel and the West Bank.

They waved the flags of Egypt and Palestine and chanted slogans that called on Egypt to reopen the crossing point for patients and students. The crossing point of Rafah had been completely closed for several months.

“Save the children of Gaza from death, open Rafah crossing,” the demonstrators chanted, as they waved their valid Palestinian passports.

The demonstration was organised, one day after a senior Hamas delegation headed to Cairo, for talks with Egyptian security officials, according to Hamas officials.

Islamic Hamas movement officials, had earlier stated that the Egyptian side promised to permanently open Rafah crossing point, after finishing a renovation of the crossing buildings late Aug.

Last month, Gaza Hamas chief, Yahya al-Senwar and Hamas security chief, Tawfiq Abu Naim, paid an eight-day visit to Egypt and held talks with Egyptian security officials, on easing the hard living situation in Gaza.

After the visit, the Egyptian authorities allowed the entry of fuel trucks into the Gaza Strip, most of them to operate the only power plant, after it stopped generating electricity for more than two months.

Meanwhile, dozens of Palestinians gathered outside the Shifa Medical Centre in Gaza city, to demand medical treatment for patients in hospitals in the West Bank and Israel.

They called for the need to neutralise the file of medical treatment for Gaza patients, and isolated it from the differences and the internal Palestinian division that has been going on for 10 years.

They blamed Israel for “the policy of collective punishment and the unjust siege.”

The UN special coordinator for the Middle East peace process, Nikolay Mladenov, arrived in the Gaza Strip on Jun 28, to meet Hamas leaders for the second time in four days.

A Hamas official said, Mladenov was “mediating several files related to deteriorating humanitarian conditions, most notably the electricity crisis.”

The United Nations has repeatedly warned of the consequences of the continued deterioration of humanitarian conditions in Gaza, in light of the severe shortage of basic services provided to its population of more than two million people.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK