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'Permanent' Despair: Did Egypt Really Open Rafah Crossing? (Ramzy Baroud)


Ramzy Baroud -- World News Trust

June 15, 2011 -- For most Palestinians, leaving Gaza through Egypt is as exasperating a process as entering it.

Governed by political and cultural sensitivities, most Palestinian officials and public figures refrain from criticizing the way Palestinians are treated at the Rafah border. However, there is really no diplomatic language to describe the relationship between desperate Palestinians some literally fighting for their lives - and Egyptian officials at the crossing which separates Gaza from Egypt.

Gazans are treated like animals at the border, a friend of mine told me. She was afraid that her fianc would not be allowed to leave Gaza, despite the fact that his papers were in order. Having crossed the border myself just a few days ago, I could not disagree with her statement.

The New York Times reported on June 8: After days of acrimony between Hamas and Egypt over limitations on who could pass through the Rafah border crossing between Gaza and Egypt, Hamas said Egypt had agreed to allow 550 people a day to leave Gaza and to lengthen the operating hours of the crossing.

And so the saga continues.

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