Tuesday, June 01, 2010
Egypt breaks blockade, opens Rafah crossing until further notice
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A day after the deadly Israeli raid on an aid flotilla that intended to breach the Gaza blockade, Egypt has announced that it has opened its key border crossing with the coastal strip.
Cairo's decision to open the Rafah crossing till further notice follows a mounting international clamour for the lifting of the Gaza siege imposed three years ago by Israel, with Egypt's help. The intensity with which a majority of global powers called for Gaza's liberation from its economic shackles became visible during Monday's Security Council meeting in New York.
Britain, France, Russia and China spoke with one voice on the urgency of lifting the Gaza blockade, and for an independent investigation on Israel's deadly pre-dawn storming of the aid flotilla, in which at least 10 pro-Palestinian activists were killed. Several European parliamentarians and peace activists were on board the Gaza-bound flotilla, which came under a heavy Israeli attack.
The ghastly raid is shaking up Israel's special relations with several western partners, and influential players in West Asia, including Turkey and Egypt. [The Hindi, Egypt opens border crossing, 6/1/2010]
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