Gaza warns of health crisis as Egypt closes border

Occupied Palestine | فلسطين


Al Akhbar English | Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Egypt’s closure of the Rafah border crossing may lead to a serious health disaster, Gaza’s heath authority warned on Wednesday.

“The decision to close the Rafah crossing to patients and humanitarian cases will add to their suffering and harm their health, and could lead to a serious health disaster,” health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said.

Following the killing of 16 troops by gunmen near the Israeli border on Sunday night, Egypt closed “until further notice” its Rafah border post with Gaza, the Palestinian territory’s only crossing outside Israeli control.

Egypt’s MENA news agency said the gunmen were “jihadis” who “infiltrated from Gaza through tunnels in collaboration with jihadi elements in the Al-Mahdiya and Gabal Halal areas” inside Egypt.

Hamas dismissed the idea that militants from inside Gaza may have been involved, and put its security forces on full alert.

Qudra noted that…

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