zaterdag 9 februari 2008

9.000 Gazanen verdwenen in Egypte

De gevolgen van de Rafah grensopening tussen Gaza en Egypte werken nog door. Mensen hebben de open grens niet alleen gebruikt om familie te bezoeken maar ook om verwanten op een ander vlak op te zoeken....

9,000 Gazans still at large in Egyptian cities
Date: 08 / 02 / 2008  Time:  17:30

Bethlehem - Ma'an - More than 9,000 Palestinians from the Gaza Strip, including Hamas members, have disappeared into Egyptian cities, following the toppling of the Egyptian border near Rafah crossing on January 23, Major General Ahmed Abdel Hamid, Governor of North Sinai, revealed on Friday.

He said that the Egyptian security services are intensifying their efforts to arrest the 9,000, who have melted away into Egyptian cities and villages, before they carry out any 'criminal operations.'

Some Muslim Brotherhood leaders are involved in hiding some of the Hamas members who got through the border, he added, confirming that some members of the Muslim Brotherhood have been arrested in the Sinai.

He claimed members of the Muslim Brotherhood were involved in the demolition of the Egypt-Gaza border fence, helping Hamas members to cross into Egypt.

Abdel Hamid said a campaign has been implemented to deport all Palestinian infiltrators caught in Egyptian cities back to Gaza. 2,116 Palestinians have been sent back since Thursday, he said.

He stressed that the situation on the Egyptian border was now under full control.

A German news agency quoted a security source in Rafah as saying that the Egyptian authorities are still holding about 60 Palestinians inside an abandoned building in the town of Rafah in Egypt, as well as 65 Egyptians, including 50 women and children after they entered Egypt from Gaza.

They were detained on Wednesday following an incident when crowds threw stones at Egyptian border guards, injuring 20 soldiers.  

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