Sunday, December 28, 2008

Hamas not allowing wounded Palestinians access to Egyptian medical treatment

Khaled Desouki

Egyptian paramedics wait by their empty ambulances standing by to collect Palestinian wounded by Israeli air strikes at the Egyptian side of the closed Rafah crossing point between Egypt and the Gaza Strip.

Egyptian police fired in the air near the Gaza border town of Rafah on Sunday to prevent Palestinians entering Egypt after Israel launched air strikes to destroy tunnels along the tense frontier.
"Dozens of civilians tried to break through the Barahma crossing after Israel launched air strikes along the Gaza-Egypt border. They were repelled by Egyptian police firing in the air," the official said.
Some Palestinians managed to climb over the border wall into Egypt, with riot police reinforcements being sent to the frontier on the second day of Israel's assault on the Gaza Strip that has killed more than 280 people.
Tensions on the border crossing, Gaza's only one to bypass Israel, had risen during the day, with Egypt blaming Hamas for not letting wounded Palestinians through and Hamas asking for medical aid to be handed over. (France24)


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