Israel allows reopening of Palestinian airport

Published December 6th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Israel allowed the Palestinian airport in the Gaza Strip to reopen in a limited capacity on Friday after its most recent closure for three weeks, a top airport official said. "The airport opened today (Friday), and the first plane landed from Amman carrying 10 Palestinians who received medical treatment in Jordan and the body of a martyr who died in a Jordan hospital," Fayez Zeidan, chairman of the Palestinian Airport Authority, told AFP


Israel ordered the international airport in the Gaza Strip closed on November 8. That was only a day after it had reopened following one of several closures during the violence that began in the region on September 28. Zeidan said Israel was allowing the only Palestinian-run airport to remain open from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm (0700-1300 GMT). 


"The closures of the airport have been part of the ongoing Israeli war against us, but we are continuing with resistance until the end of occupation," Zeidan said. Yasser Arafat International Airport, situated at Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, was inaugurated in November 1998. — (AFP, Gaza City) 


© Agence France Presse 2000

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