Hamas Women Storm Rafah Border Crossing in Gaza
January 22, 2008 § 1 Comment
Al-Jazeera reports that hundreds of women, mostly members of Hamas’s female wing, have stormed the southern border crossing of Rafah which connects the Gaza Strip with Egypt. Israel controls the Rafah crossing and closed it down, triggering a devastating series of humanitarian catastrophes. Several of the protesters have been injured after troops (possibly Egyptian or Israeli, the article did not specify) opened fire. The al-Jazeera correspondent said that the troops opened fire in the air and not directly at the crowd.
Massive demonstrations against the Israeli blockade of Gaza have taken place in Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Syria, and Sudan. Demonstrators in Jordan convened in front of the Parliament and called for the government to end diplomatic relations with Israel.