Abbas asks Egypt to facilitate Gaza travel
Mahmoud Abbas
RAMALLAH, Ma'an

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas asked Egypt to allow students, sick people, and humanitarian cases to travel through the Rafah crossing.

Abbas phoned the chief of Egyptian intelligence Mohammad Tuhami on Monday.

Tuhami promised to allow those cases to exit the besieged coastal enclave in the coming days, according to officials at Abbas’ office.

Also Monday, dozens of Palestinian students protested in front of the Rafah crossing demanding that Egyptian authorities reopen the border terminal.

Students held signs demanding that officials allow access to students studying in Egypt.

On Saturday, Palestinian ambassador to Egypt Barakat al-Farra urged students enrolled in Egyptian universities to send their details to the embassy in Cairo so that arrangements could be made to obtain special permits.

The ambassador told Ma’an that his team would contact Egyptian universities to try to delay exams for Palestinian students who were not able to cross into the country.

Egyptian authorities closed the Rafah crossing on Wednesday after a car bomb exploded outside Egyptian intelligence headquarters in Sinai.

There have been frequent closures of the terminal in recent weeks due to political unrest in Egypt and violence in the Sinai peninsula.

Recommend to friends

Leave a comment