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Crisis in Egypt leaves more Gazans stranded

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As the political turmoil continues in Egypt, the number of people crossing between the Gaza Strip and Egypt continues to decline. Now less than a hundred people are allowed to leave the tiny coastal enclave through the Rafah crossing compared to nearly 1500 people prior to the ouster of Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi. Egyptian authorities also allow a maximum of two busloads of travelers to reach the Gaza Strip on a daily basis. The situation is negatively affecting the people of Gaza especially students and patients. There are hundreds of chronic patients in Gaza in need for urgent medical attention abroad due to lack of the necessary treatment in Gaza. In mid-July Egypt temporarily reopened the Rafah crossing but thousands are still stranded in both sides of the Rafah crossing as the number of people allowed to leave Gaza has been declining day in and day out. People were also dissatisfied by the treatment they receive at the Egyptian side of the Rafah crossing. With the Holy month of Ramadan drawing to an end the number of people who would want to travel is likely to increase. Palestinians in the Gaza Strip say there is no end in sight to their suffering amid the escalating political tensions in Egypt. Rafah crossing is the besieged Gaza's only gateway to the outside world bypassing Israel. http://www.presstv.ir/



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