Hamas reportedly bans Egyptians from leaving Gaza
Rafah border crossing - YOUM7 (Archive)


CAIRO: Egyptians in Gaza have been banned from leaving the strip to return to Egypt through the Rafah Crossing, the Egyptian Community in Ramallah said in a statement on Sunday.

The group receives tens of complaints, almost daily, on the mistreatment of Egyptians residing in Gaza by the Hamas government, the statement said.

When asked why they were not allowed to return to Egypt, Hamas officials allegedly replied, “make your military get you back into Egypt,” the statement said.

The group called for facilitating the movement of Egyptian nationals through the Rafah Crossing without registering with Hamas.

It also called on Hamas to treat Egyptians in Gaza respectfully and allow them to leave to Egypt.

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