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Egyptians rally at Rafah for Palestinian rights

May 15, 2011 7:12 P.M. (Updated: May 16, 2011 9:26 P.M.)
EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma'an) -- At least 80 Egyptian political activists arrived at Egypt's Rafah crossing to commemorate the 63rd Nakba Day, after eluding that country's security services.

The activists carried Palestinian flags and changed slogans demanding and end to Israel's siege on Gaza, the recognition of the right of Palestinians displaced in 1948 to return to their homes, and condemned Israel's occupation of Palestine.

The day before, Egyptian authorities blocked access to the Sinai peninsula to prevent the march of protesters from Cairo to Gaza, as thousands gathered at the Israeli embassy in Cairo, AFP correspondents said.

The march was due to leave from Cairo's Tahrir Square on Saturday to protest the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land, and call for the right of return of Palestinian refugees and the release of all Palestinian prisoners.

An estimated 60,000 Palestinians live in Egypt, many of them refugees.

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