[News] Gazans Begin Hunger Strike over Rafah Crossing Closure

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Thu Jun 4 12:12:11 EDT 2015


  Gazans Begin Hunger Strike over Rafah Crossing Closure

author Thursday June 04, 2015 01:23author by IMEMC
*http://www.imemc.org/article/71811*

    Gazans unable to travel due to Rafah crossing's closure started, on
    Tuesday, an open-ended hunger strike, calling for Egyptians to open it.

Days of Palestine reports that the hunger strikers set up a tent near 
the crossing and put up a number of posters including: “People stuck in 
Gaza call for Egyptian Authorities to open the Rafah crossing in both 
directions.”

Another poster read: “We call for the UN and all human rights 
organisations to facilitate the travel of Gaza’s patients… Gaza’s 
patients are awaiting death because of the closure of the crossing. We 
are humans… Where are President Abbas and the unity government?”

The hunger strikers said that they would continue their strike until the 
crossing is opened, calling for the Palestinian Authority and the 
Palestinian unity government to take action to make this happen.

Spokesman for the strikers, Majdi abu-Kareem, said that around 15,000 
Palestinians need to travel urgently and they are “just waiting for the 
crossing to open”.

“Some of the people who are unable to travel are patients, some are 
university students and some are foreign passport holders facing 
expiration deadlines,” he said. “The passports of a number of foreign 
passport holders have expired.”

“The continuous closure of the crossing increases the suffering of the 
people of Gaza,” Abu-Kareem also said. “The closure makes the coastal 
enclave the biggest prison in the world.”
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