Egypt refuses full opening of Gaza crossing unless PA in control

December 30, 2008 14:46

Egypt will not fully open its crossing into the Gaza Strip unless Mahmoud Abbas' Palestinian Authority is in control of the border post, said Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said Tuesday, resisting demands Egypt do so amid Israel's operation against Hamas. Egypt has come under heavy criticism in the Arab world over its refusal over the past year to open the Rafah crossing, which has helped complete an Israeli blockade of the territory. Since Israel's offensive in Gaza began Saturday, Egypt has allowed some wounded to cross from Gaza for treatment and some humanitarian supplies to enter the territory. Mubarak said in a televised speech Tuesday that Israel must "stop the aggression" against Gaza and accept an unconditional cease-fire.

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