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Egypt permanently opens Gaza border crossing

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Egypt permanently opens Gaza border crossing
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By IBRAHIM BARZAK, Associated Press – 1 hr 10 mins ago

RAFAH, Gaza Strip – After a four-year blockade, Egypt on Saturday permanently opened the Gaza Strip's main gateway to the outside world, bringing long-awaited relief to the territory's Palestinian population and a significant achievement for the area's ruling Hamas militant group.

The reopening of the Rafah border crossing eases an Egyptian blockade that has prevented the vast majority of Gaza's 1.5 million people from being able to travel abroad. The closure, along with an Israeli blockade of its borders with Gaza, has fueled an economic crisis in the densely populated territory.

But Saturday's move also raises Israeli fears that militants will be able to move freely in and out of Gaza. Highlighting those fears, the Israeli army said militants from inside Gaza fired a mortar shell into an open field in southern Israel overnight. There were no injuries, and Israel did not respond.

Israel and Egypt imposed the blockade after Hamas seized control of Gaza in June 2007. The closure, which also included tight Israeli restrictions at its cargo crossings with Gaza and a naval blockade, was meant to weaken Hamas, an Islamic militant group that opposes peace with Israel.

Since the ouster of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in February, Egypt's new leadership has vowed to ease the blockade and improve relations with Hamas.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110528/ap_on_re_mi_ea/ml_gaza_border
 

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"After a four-year blockade, Egypt on Saturday permanently opened the Gaza Strip's main gateway to the outside world, bringing long-awaited relief to the territory's Palestinian population and a significant achievement for the area's ruling Hamas militant group."

Wow, just WOW.

And to consider that the Palestinians were totally free people before the Balfour Declaration was drawn up behind their backs???

In a GiM2 sense, I believe the current protestors of the G-Group summits have a valid point. If we don't WTFU then one day, like Palestine, our own rights will have been signed away with the same insidious process
And you best let it happen, because if not one day you will also be labelled a terrorist

What a significant achievement for the indigenous peoples of those regions, and even a better one for the occupiers that also have cousins in the media inc.

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Gaza should join with Egypt in a new "United Arab Republic."
 
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The 63 year-old "Israel" experiment is almost over.

:yippee: it was invented in 1948