Egyptians preparing for march to Gaza

Al Masry alYoum | MENA | Thu, 12/05/2011 – 14:27

Egyptian soldiers look towards the Palestinian side of the Rafah border crossing between the Gaza Strip and Egypt.

Photographed by AFP

Egyptians planning to march to Gaza in a protest scheduled for 15 May – the 63rd anniversary of the day when Israel was established – have gathered in Sinai to cross to Gaza through the Rafah crossing.

The gathering comes after news that Egyptian authorities plan to close all entrances leading to Sinai, such as the Salam Bridge over the Suez Canal and the Martyr Ahmed Hamdy Tunnel, as well as take other measures to reduce the number of people crossing into Gaza at Rafah.

The Egyptian city Arish in particular reportedly witnessed an influx of Egyptian young people staying in hotels.

An Egyptian security official said there were no instructions on how to deal with participants on that day.

Translated from the Arabic Edition

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