Egypt: Gaza blockade a failure, border stays open

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
A security official says Egypt will keep its border with Gaza open indefinitely, easing the blockade on the territory’s Palestinians and giving them a crucial link to the outside world.

Palestinians look at a floating memorial sign during a protest against the Israeli naval commando raid on a flotilla attempting to break the blockade on Gaza, at the port in Gaza City, Tuesday, June 1, 2010. Palestinians in Gaza declared a general strike and a day of wrath following Israel's deadly naval raid on an aid flotilla bound for the blockaded Gaza Strip on Monday.(AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) – A security official says Egypt will keep its border with Gaza open indefinitely, easing the blockade on the territory’s Palestinians and giving them a crucial link to the outside world.

Egypt and Israel have maintained the blockade since Hamas took control of Gaza three years ago. But the official says the closure has failed to achieve its goals, including the release of an Israeli soldier held by Hamas since 2006.

Israel’s deadly raid on an international flotilla of activists trying to break the blockade by sea last week brought attention to the issue.

The Egyptian official spoke Monday on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.
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