Palestinians at Cairo Airport Appeal for Entry into Gaza

Egyptian soldiers at the Egypt-Rafah border crossing. (Photo: IRIN, file)

Some 1,000 Palestinians stuck at Cairo Airport have called on the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, and Egyptian president, Abdelfattah El-Sisi, to allow them to return to Gaza.

Many of these Palestinians are students and patients who were in other countries and planned to return to Gaza during the three-day-opening of the Rafah crossing by Egypt to allow Palestinian pilgrims out of the Gaza Strip.

One person hoping to gain access to Gaza said, “There are more than 1,000 people stuck at the airport in addition to some Palestinians who are waiting at the border city of Alarish,” noting that many of them have run out of money.

The Egyptian authorities have opened the Rafah crossing for three days to allow the passage of Palestinian pilgrims out of Gaza without allowing Palestinians stuck in Egypt to return to the region.


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