Rafah Crossing Crisis

23 November 2006

The tragic scenes of Palestinian citizens crowding into the Rafah Border Crossing every day hoping to be allowed in or out of Gaza continue.

The Rafah Border Crossing is Gaza’s only connection with the outside world. The overcrowding created by the Israeli occupation forces’ refusal to open the crossing has brought harm and tragedy to many citizens, denying them their basic rights of freedom of movement. The prolonged closure of the crossing has prevented Gazan patients from traveling abroad for urgent medical treatment, and many patients have been stuck waiting at the crossing for days or weeks.

This inhumane and illegal closure violates all the Israeli-Palestinian agreements, and the humanitarian crisis at the crossing demonstrates the Israeli policy of pushing the Palestinian people to the point of despair. No one can predict how much worse the situation will get in the future.