IDF transfers flotilla aid to Gaza
Egypt opens Rafah crossing temporarily to "alleviate suffering."
By ASSOCIATED PRESS AHD JPOST.COM STAFF
June 1, 2010 16:24
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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
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.
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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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
condemned the raid on Monday, saying Israel acted with excessive force.
summoned the Israeli ambassador to Cairo for clarifications.