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Gaza students protest closure of Rafah crossing

Sept. 16, 2013 1:33 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 18, 2013 11:16 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Dozens of Palestinian students protested in front of the Rafah crossing in Gaza on Monday, demanding that Egyptian authorities reopen the border terminal.

Students held signs demanding that officials allow access to students studying in Egypt.

Momen Broud, a student representative, told Ma'an that the future of dozens of students had been destroyed by the closure of Rafah and the difficulty in reaching Egyptian universities to sit exams.

The Palestinian Authority ambassador to Egypt, Barakat al-Farra, on Saturday urged Gazan students enrolled in Egyptian universities to send their details to the embassy in Cairo so that arrangements can be made to obtain special permits to allow students to cross into Egypt.

The ambassador told Ma'an that his team will contact Egyptian universities to try to delay examinations for Palestinian students who are not able to cross into the country.

Egyptian authorities closed the Rafah crossing on Wednesday after a car bomb outside Egyptian intelligence headquarters in Sinai.

There have been frequent closures of the terminal in recent weeks due to political unrest in Egypt and violence in the Sinai peninsula.

The crossing is the only way most Palestinians in Gaza can enter or leave the territory. Israel imposes an air and sea blockade on the enclave, and its border is closed to Palestinians.
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