Egypt strengthens presence on Gaza border

Posted: May 2, 2010 by Jonathan Boyko in Egypt, Gaza, Hamas, Middle East, Palestinians, Terrorism

Palestinians protest Egypt's blockade (courtesy: LIFE) Following intelligence on possible march by Gazans to the Gaza-Egypt border to protests the blockade, Egyptian authorities decided to send additional troops to the border:

The decision to reinforce the forces stationed along the Gaza border was made following information received about a Palestinian march scheduled to take place in the afternoon hours, which will call on Egypt to "break the blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip" and open the Rafah crossing, Palestinian news agency Maan reported.

According to sources on the Egyptian side of the border, in al-Arish, it is unclear when the Rafah crossing will open – although the Egyptian authorities have announced that they plan to open the crossing on Wednesdays and Thursdays to allow patients and people waiting on both sides of the border to cross to the other side.


HAMAS GETS EDGIER by the day, forcing its own people to risk their lives in confrontations with Egyptian border guard. With Egypt making progress on its own separation barrier, Hamas could lose everything: money, arms and foreign advisors.

Egypt, on their part, want to prevent the breaking of the blockade at any cost. One of the worst scenarios for Egypt is to give access to as many as 1.5 million Palestinians to the Sinai. The place is already infested with terrorists of many varieties – Egypt needs no more.

  1. […] Boyko Leave a comment Go to comments It seems that Egypt’s intelligence from yesterday was indeed correct, as nearly two thousand Gazans gathered to protest the blockade. Most demonstrators, however, […]

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