Protesters in Gaza chase out Palestinian minister at border

Published July 15th, 2014 - 04:38 GMT

Palestinian protesters confronted and chased out a minister from Gaza at a border crossing Tuesday, according to Agence France Presse. 

Palestinian Health Minister Jawad Awad was allegedly confronted by protesters at the Rafah border crossing where he was returning to the Strip from Egypt for a scheduled visit to Gaza City's Shifa hospital. 

The protesters reportedly threw shoes and eggs at the minister's car as he crossed the border. 

"Gaza has been bombed, and Gaza has been destroyed, and now he comes to visit?" said protester Ahmed Murtaja to AFP.

"We don't want this visit and all the Palestinian people are opposed to it and reject it," he added.

Awad left Gaza shortly thereafter, according to AFP's official sources.

Protesters also gathered at the Shifa hospital in preparation for Awad's visit as well.

The demonstrations are largely in response to the fact that Awad has not yet visited the territory since the Israeli airstrikes started more than a week ago, leaving 193 people dead in eight days alone.

Many Palestinians have accused Mahmoud Abbas and the newly sworn-in unity government between Gaza and the West Bank and not doing enough to end the strikes on the Strip. 

Some protestors even chanted that "Abu Mazen (Abbas) is a collaborator [with Israel]."

The unity government, which was officially sworn into office on July 2nd, seemed to indicate the end to a seven year period of hostilities between the West Bank Fatah-run government and the Hamas leadership in Gaza. 

There was no immediate comment from Hamas on the incident. 

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