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Egypt braces for new Gaza influx

Posted by uscsjp on May 7, 2008

“CAIRO, 6 May (IPS) – With next-door Gaza Strip in a humanitarian crisis, the government is desperate to avoid a repeat of January’s Palestinian influx into the Sinai Peninsula. In recent weeks, the security presence along Egypt’s 14-kilometer border with the hapless territory has been significantly reinforced.

“The authorities are still in the process of boosting the police presence and enhancing security along the border,” Hatem al-Buluk, independent journalist and resident of al-Arish, located some 40 kilometers west of the border, told IPS.

Since last June, when authority over the Gaza Strip was seized by Palestinian resistance faction Hamas (after it won the elections here in 2006), the territory has been subject to a crippling Israeli embargo. Backed by both the US and the EU, the siege has effectively deprived Gaza’s roughly 1.5 million inhabitants of badly needed food, medicine and fuel.

In the last week of April, the UN agency for Palestine refugees, UNRWA, which provides some two-thirds of the territory’s population with essential foodstuffs, reportedly suspended deliveries due to fuel shortages.

Along with the siege, the people of Gaza have also borne the brunt of almost constant Israeli aggression. In March, more than 120 were killed — many of them civilians — during a six-day Israeli military incursion employing tanks and helicopter gun-ships…”

–Adam Morrow and Khaled Moussa al-Omrani, The Electronic Intifada, 6 May 2008


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