Red Cross calls on Egypt to ease travel of Gazans

The Executive Director of ICRC says sightings at Rafah crossing made him feel “ill.”

PNN/ Gaza/

The Executive Director of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Gaza on Wednesday stated that the Rafah border crossing suffers from the lack of basic humanitarian conditions.

According to Al Ray, in a press conference following an inspection tour in the terminal, I came, this morning, to Rafah, to check the performance and the effects of closing the sole … crossing to the world, at Gaza. And, what I saw there made me feel ill.”

He added, ” I met some patient cases waiting for years to travel. Also, students who are stuck because they can’t leave the Gaza Strip, despite having the necessary documents to join their universities, so they may lose their chance to complete their study.”

In addition, PIC reported that director of ICRC in Gaza Strip Mamadou Sue called Wednesday on Egyptian authorities to facilitate the travel of Palestinian travellers via Rafah border crossing.

“We call on Egyptian authorities to facilitate the patients and students’ access out, he urged.  It is a matter of life and death, he said, expressing hope that Rafah crossing will be permanently open”

The Egyptian authorities reopened on Wednesday the Rafah border-crossing on both sides so as to allow humanitarian cases’ access out of and into the blockaded Gaza Strip.