Egypt exceptionally opens Rafah border crossing  Saturday
Rafah Crossing - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Egyptian authorities have decided Saturday to open the Rafah border crossing  exceptionally to receive the Palestinian injured following the Israeli airstrikes on Gaza strip, MENA reported.

The move comes also to allow transmitting foodstuff and medical supplies presented by Egypt and Arab countries to Palestinians, according to MENA.

The Rafah  border crossing was opened on Thursday to allow ten injured Palestinian and 392 stranded Egyptians cross. However, the Egyptian authorities closed the crossing on Friday.

North Sinai governor, Major General Abdel Fatah Harhor said that emergency state has been declared in all the hospitals and health facilities in the governorate in anticipation of receiving more injured from Gaza.

Additionally, defense minister Sedky Sobhy ordered Friday sending 500 tons of supplies and medicine to Gaza.

In reaction to the Israeli airstrikes on Gaza, dozens of Egyptian sympathizers protested Friday in front of the Palestinian embassy in Cairo and burned the Israeli flag.

Demonstrator Sayed Abul Ezz told The Cairo Post that the protesters demand the expulsion of the Israeli Ambassador in Egypt.

Gaza has been under Israeli airstrikes that injured dozens and killed over 100 Palestinians, including 23 children. However, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to push on with a military offensive in Gaza.

So far, there have been no reports of Israeli deaths following the dozens of the Palestinian rockets which were fired targeting Israel during the past three days, the Washington Post reported Friday.

In his op-ed article on the Washington post July 9, Adam Taylor referred to the ousted president Mohamed Morsi as “the man the Israeli-Palestinian crisis needs most,” referring to Mors’s role in November 2012 when he mediated for truce between Hamas and Israel.

However, Taylor said after the ouster of Morsi by the president Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, Sisi’s stance regarding the Palestinian situation is unclear. Taylor referred in his articles to the op-ed of the Palestinian political scientist Ali Jarbawi on the New York Times who said that Sisi is trying to move his foreign policy away from the U.S interests into a more independent direction.

“More support for Palestinian causes may be a way for him to show Egypt’s geopolitical clout in the face of other regional giants such as Turkey and Iran,” Jarbawi said.

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