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Egypt court says aid must be allowed into Gaza
Cairo - 14/11/2008
Cairo, Egypt - Despite an Israeli economic blockade in place to limit traffic to and from the Gaza Strip, an Egyptian court has ruled that Cairo must allow humanitarian aid and supplies to enter Gaza via the Rafah Border Crossing. The Rafah Border Crossing is the small Mediterranean stip of land's only border to the outside world.
Presently, Egypt has limited humanitarian trucks from entering Gaza as part of its border crackdown in line with Israeli policies.
The court said the action was in violation of Egyptian law and contradicted official government policy.
Most humanitarian aid has entered Gaza via Israeli crossings since Hamas took control of Gaza in 2007.
Egypt has opened the Rafah crossing only a number of times to allow students, Muslim pilgrims to Mecca, the sick and those with foreign citizenship to enter Egypt.
The crossing was most recently open from 6-8 November.
Israel argues that the border is a hotspot for terrorist activity and has demanded Egypt keep it closed.
The Jewish state has only allowed limited supplies to enter Gaza, which has left a majority of the population reeling from the economic blockade.