11 July 2014

Egypt: Palestinian Leadership Thanks Egypt for Opening Rafah Crossing

The Palestinian leadership thanked Egypt yesterday for responding to the Palestinian request of opening the Rafah crossing to allow the access of medical and humanitarian aid and transfer the injured Palestinians to Egyptian hospitals.

Mahmoud al-Habash, adviser to Palestinian president for Islamic relations affairs, said that Egyptian President Abdul Fattah Al-Sisi responded promptly to the request of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to open the crossing during a phone call that had together.

On Tuesday, Israel launched a major air assault on the Gaza strip, killing scores of Palestinians and wounding hundreds.

The offensive is the worst escalation of violence between Israel and the Palestinians since 2012.

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