Cairo, Egypt (AP) The Egyptian President says his country will not fully open its crossing into the Gaza Strip unless Mahmoud Abbas’ Palestinian authority is in control of the border post.
The speech from Hosni Mubarak came despite criticism of Egypt in the Arab world over its refusal over the past year to open the Rafah crossing, which has helped complete an Israeli blockade of the territory. Since Israel’s offensive in Gaza began Saturday, Egypt has allowed some wounded to cross from Gaza for treatment and some humanitarian supplies to enter the territory.
But Egypt resists dealing with the Islamic militant Hamas because it opposes the militant group’s 2007 takeover of the Gaza strip and insists Abbas is the legitimate Palestinian leader.
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