A banner reads “Thank you Egypt!” in Gaza – Youm7 photo
CAIRO – 19 May 2018: The Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip appreciated the Egyptian support of the Palestinian cause and placed a big banner that reads "Thank you Egypt!" at the entrance of Ouda refugee camp in eastern Beit Hanoun town, on the northeast edge of Gaza.
The Palestinians extended their gratitude for the Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi for his decision to open the Rafah border crossing throughout the holy month of Ramadan.
“I issued directives to take the necessary measures to keep the Rafah border crossing open throughout the holy month of Ramadan in a bid to relieve some of the burdens suffered by our brothers in the Gaza strip,” the Egyptian leader posted on Facebook and Twitter.
Last September, Hamas announced the dissolution of its administrative committee in the Gaza Strip, inviting the Government of National Reconciliation to assume its duties and hold general elections. The movement affirmed it would comply with the Social Reconciliation Accord signed in 2011.
Since signing the agreement between Fatah and Hamas, several Egyptian delegations have been visiting Gaza, and vice versa, in order to coordinate implementing all of the agreement points and articles; however, a few points still need further discussions between the Palestinian parties.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said that there is no country as vital to the Palestinian cause as Egypt due to its historical and political position in the region. “Egypt has an opinion, a position and an interest in the Palestinian cause,” said Abbas.