IDF transfers flotilla aid to Gaza

Egypt opens Rafah crossing temporarily to "alleviate suffering."

June 1, 2010 16:24
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Workers unloaded aid packages.

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Egypt temporarily lifted its blockade of the Gaza Strip Tuesday to allow aid into the area, according to an Egyptian official.

The move came a day after Israel raided an international flotilla carrying supplies to the Palestinian territory, reportedly killing nine activists.Also on Tuesday, Israel transferred the humanitarian supplies aboard the ships to the Gaza Strip after inspecting the cargo. According to Channel 10, COGAT transferred most of the aid which had been on the ships, with the exception of pills whose expiry dates had passed.

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The governor of northern Sinai, Murad Muwafi, said that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak ordered the opening of the border crossing to Gaza in the town of Rafah for several days.

Muwafi said the opening of the crossing — which Egypt sealed in cooperation with Israel after Gaza was taken over by Hamas militants in 2007 — was an effort to "alleviate the suffering of our Palestinian brothers after the Israeli attack" on the flotilla.

Mubarak condemned  the raid on Monday, saying Israel acted with excessive force.

Egypt also summoned the Israeli ambassador to Cairo for clarifications.

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