Egypt blocked actor - Hamas

2009-07-23 20:06
Cairo - The Palestinian movement Hamas said on Thursday that Egypt prevented Syrian actor Dureid Laham from crossing into the Gaza Strip through the Rafah border.

"Egypt denied Dureid Laham's entrance into Gaza claiming that the crossing is closed right now," said Hamas' anti-blockade committee in a statement.

The statement said that "Egypt opens the crossing point for foreign delegations to cross from Egypt to Gaza, while the crossing is closed. Yet, it did not let Laham cross."

Laham was scheduled to arrive in Gaza on Thursday with the Egyptian actress Fardous Abdel-Hamid in a solidarity visit to the impoverished enclave that has been under Israeli blockade for more than two years.

Laham, who arrived in Cairo two days ago with his wife in order to cross into Gaza, was also scheduled to inaugurate a local Palestinian play called The women of Gaza and the patience of Jacob that talks about how people in Gaza are suffering due to the siege.

First time for play

It would have been the first time that a play was performed in the enclave since the end of the Israeli incursion into Gaza in January.

When Hamas took control of the enclave from President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement, Egypt and Israel maintained the closure of their borders with the coastal enclave.

Under an agreement brokered by the US in 2005, the Rafah crossing cannot open without the presence of the Palestinian president's forces and European Union monitors.

Egypt sometimes opens the crossing for humanitarian cases and for students to pass to and from the Strip.
 

- SAPA
Read more on:    hamas  |  gaza  |  egypt
NEXT ON NEWS24X

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News
Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Excess, desire and indulging in extravagant and enjoyable things are highlighted today. Practice self control and be consciously...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.