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Rafah: The Killing of Egyptian soldier before the Declaration of Egypt expressing its intention to open

Rafah̨ : Egypt | Apr 29, 2011 at 12:34 PM PDT
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Egyptian soldier was killed Thursday as the exchange of fire with smugglers through tunnels between Egypt and the Gaza Strip, according to what was said by security sources said Friday.

The soldier suffered a bullet in the chest near the Salaheddin Gate in Rafah border crossing when fired smugglers shot him after he saw them, and then fled. The incident took place hours before the Declaration of Egypt's intention to open the crossing, which was closed after the Hamas takeover of the Gaza Strip. The Egyptian position after taking care of Cairo reconciliation agreement between Fatah and Hamas.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Arab said on Al Jazeera television that the Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt, "will open fully," in order to ease the blockade imposed by Israel on the Gaza Strip.

He said that Egypt is the Arab "take important steps to help alleviate the blockade of the Gaza Strip during the next few days," saying that "Egypt will not accept the survival of the Rafah crossing is closed."

He predicted that "the situation changed radically in the Gaza Strip", describing the closure of the crossing that he was "scandalous".

He said the Arab, who condemned the remarks as soon as his appointment nearly two months before the siege imposed on the Gaza Strip said that "Egypt will not ignore the human suffering of Gaza residents."

The Egyptian authorities have eased procedures imposed on the Rafah crossing, which was not open in the past Alydap days each month, for humanitarian reasons, since the departure of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

Israeli concern

A senior Israeli official told AFP on condition of anonymity, "We are very concerned about the situation in northern Sinai where Hamas succeeded in establishing a dangerous military machine despite Egyptian efforts to prevent it," without giving further details.

The official said the same " we do not feel relieved by the developments in Egypt and the voices that call for the abolition of the Treaty of peace through rapprochement between Egypt and Iran, and raise the level of relations between Egypt and Hamas."

He added that "these developments could have strategic implications for the security of Israel's national security."

For its part, welcomed the Palestinian Authority and Hamas Balqraroukal chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat told AFP: "We welcome this step. We are pressing for a long time to end the suffering people of Gaza."

In Gaza, the director of the border crossings in the Hamas government Hatem Aweidah said "the importance of this decision, which comes under the active movement of passengers and the continued suffering as a result of determining the number of working days and passengers a day."

He called for "the necessity of activating the Palestinian commercial crossing, the Egyptian," explaining that "the volume of bilateral trade embargo on the Gaza Strip with the Israeli side over one billion seven hundred million dollars a year, better to have this exchange with the Arab and Muslim countries.

Haniyeh's comments

For his part, Ismail Haniyeh, head of the Hamas government in Gaza, called , the Palestine Liberation Organization to withdraw its recognition of Israel in response to Netanyahu's remarks in which he said that Abbas has to choose between peace with Hamas or with Israel

He welcomed Haniyeh in Gaza, told reporters the agreement and said that the Egyptian position in the shares of the new agreement is reached.

He said that the agreement in front of obstacles and challenges but with the will, determination and sincerity of intentions that we can overcome these challenges and obstacles, especially the Israeli and U.S. obstacle, he said.

It is scheduled to go to Cairo, the rest of the Palestinian factions, (11 faction), no later than next Tuesday to see the reconciliation agreement, to express its views.

And ending up signing all factions to participate in the national dialogue and reconciliation document in its final form under the auspices of Egypt, to start the application on the ground under the supervision of an Arab committee headed by Egypt

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Abdel Fattah Hussein is based in Cairo, Kairo, Egypt, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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