14 Egyptians on Hunger Strike Protesting Ban on Delivering Aid to Palestinians
By Mohammad Ba'li
Albawaba.com - Cairo
Fourteen Egyptian activists went into a hunger strike on Thursday to protest a decision by the authorities to bar them from delivering donations to the Palestinian people at Rafah border.
The activists, members of the Popular Committee for Solidarity with the Palestinian Intifada, were forced to turn back by police at Areesh, they told reporters at a press conference held on Thursday at the committee’s offices in Cairo.
At the presser, committee member Shahenda Maqallid said the hunger strike comes in solidarity with the Intifada as well as a protest against the government measure to block the aid caravan from reaching the border crossing.
The strikers demanded that a Red Cross station be set up at the border to help deliver donations to the “Palestinians who are under siege.” The international organization has a post at Jordan’s border with the West Bank.
Egypt signed a peace treaty with Israel 23 years ago, but normalization with the Jewish state has been limited to the official circles, due to a persevering anti-normalization campaign led by the opposition and professional associations – Albawaba.com
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