Gaza residents protest closure of Rafah Crossing

About 2,000 people protested at the Rafah border terminal between Egypt and the Gaza Strip on Thursday, demanding the crossing be opened to allow thousands of Palestinians trapped in Egypt to return. "This crossing must be opened," said Salah Hassanen, a local leader from Islamic Jihad, one of the groups organizing the protest. "It's a Palestinian crossing. Our people, our relatives are dying on the other side." Waving flags and banners reading "Open the crossing" and "Rafah is our only gateway," the protesters requested the crossing be opened and complained of health problem among relatives stuck on the other side. About 6,000 Palestinians are waiting on the Egyptian side of the crossing, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Information.