Egypt Responds to Deadly Israeli Raid by Opening Gaza Border
June 1, 2010
(ChattahBox)—Egypt responded to the Israeli’s botched deadly raid on an aid flotilla, by opening up its border with Gaza. Egypt’s move puts pressure on the Israeli government’s continued defense of its choking blockade of the Gaza strip.
According to Reuters, the Egyptian border crossing will officially open on Wednesday, for an undetermined time:
“Rafah is the only point on Gaza’s borders not controlled by Israel. Cairo, coordinating with Israel, has opened it only sparingly since Hamas seized control of Gaza three years ago. A permanent opening of the crossing, which runs across a stretch of desert frontier riddled by hundreds of smuggling tunnels, would be a major boost for Hamas and a blow to efforts by Israel and its Western allies to cripple the Islamists.”
Egypt will allow aid convoys to pass carrying food and medicine, but building materials would be prohibited.
Egyptian officials are attempting to distance its country from criticism for supporting Israel’s Gaza blockade, after nine passengers were killed by Israeli commandos during a pre-dawn raid in international waters on a ship leading a convoy of relief aid to Gaza residents.
In response to the botched raid, the UN Security Council held an emergency meeting on Monday demanding an investigation into Israel’s actions.
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