Egypt blocks Sinai access to halt march

2011-05-13 14:44

El-Arish - Egyptian authorities on Friday blocked access to the Sinai peninsula, where it stepped up security, to prevent a march from Cairo to Gaza, an AFP correspondent 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.

"Peace Bridge,"one of the main access routes to Sinai from mainland Egypt, has been closed to all but residents of the peninsula.

The army also stepped up security around the peninsula, a security official said.

The march is timed to coincide with the anniversary of the day Israel was established, often referred to in Arabic as the "Nakba," or "catastrophe."

Meanwhile, dozens of protesters gathered outside the Israeli embassy in central Cairo on Friday to demand the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador and the severance of ties with the Jewish state.

"Millions of martyrs to Jerusalem," the protesters chanted as army and police officers stepped up security around the building housing the embassy.

  • Zanu - 2011-05-13 15:57

    “often referred to in Arabic as the "Nakba," or "catastrophe." Seems like everything in "Arabic" is either; brutal, terror-based, murderous, devastating or corrupt. It’s high time the religion of ‘peace’ started acting like one… and I am not just talking about Israel/Palestine conflict. How Israel is ever going to live in peace with such people is beyond me. In 1948 the Arab nations of Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Egypt ordered the Palestinians in Israel to leave because a war will start and they will kill all the Jews. “All the Jews” won that war, and the Palestinians were left homeless… furthermore; all the Palestinians that left (by choice) were never given citizenship anywhere else in their Arab world and used as pawns until today. Israel is a democracy, and 20% of the population is Muslim and can vote and live anywhere in Israel. Sad… but their (Palestinian) misfortune is there own doing… and the ONLY way too peace is by PEACEFULL means not terror… time they learned that!

      safar - 2011-05-13 17:21

      Zanu you know very little about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and much less about the arabic language. its high time you educated yourself - 2011-05-13 17:44

      Safar : Zanu is right - we all know about the Arab/Israeli conflict very well - Arabs declared war against Israel in 1967 - they got their asses kicked and Israel took over the land they won - now the Arabs want that land back! What a joke - if they Arabs won the 1967 war and took over Israeli land would they give it back??? Look around the world - every war/conflict/act of hatred/bombing/killing/controlling of women is caused by ONE religion alone - the so called religion of peace - yeah right!

  • - 2011-05-13 17:48

    Oh another thing - the are millions of Muslims living in Israel and even serving in parliament in Israel - but NO jews/christians/buddhists/hindus in Palestinian terriroties - if these people even wanted to build a temple/church there they would be KILLED by the people of the religion of peace! Palestinians have even entrapped Israeli kids on the internet who wanted to befriend them and MURDERED them.

  • zaatheist - 2011-05-14 06:08

    There will never be peace in the Middle East until Muslims learn to love their children more than they hate everybody elses.

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