Rafah Crossing. (Photo Credit: Mahmoud Zahar)

August 23, 2012 (TSR) – A Hamas official on Thursday requested on Egypt to treat people in the Gaza Strip in the same way as it treats Israeli tourists who the Sinai Peninsula.

Mahmoud Zahar, a leader of the Islamic movement that governs Gaza, said Egypt kept its border with Israel at Taba open during the Muslim feast this week namely Saturday, Monday and Wednesday.

There is more than 10,000 Israelis who have entered Sinai to spend their holiday forcing Egyptians to extend their work hours to allow the large influx.

Rafah Crossing. (Photo Credit: Mahmoud Zahar)

Zahar, writing on his Facebook page, added that the new Egyptian decision to open Rafah crossing point with Gaza for 40,000 Palestinian humanitarian cases only was “painful.”

The Rafah crossing, the only gate for Gazans bypassing Israeli control, will be open for the humanitarian cases three days per week, Hamas announced late Wednesday.

“We hope that the new Egyptian administration that the Palestinian people are not dragged behind the Israelis and fully open the crossing over the days of the week,” he said.

The frequent closure of Rafah took place after the deadly attack against Egyptian forces in the peninsula in Aug. 5.

Zahar said that “investigations have proved that Gaza was not involved” in attacking the soldiers.

“What happened to the soldiers had Mossad’s hands (all over it),” he said, hinting that Israel was behind it to strain the relations between Egypt and Hamas.


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