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08 Apr 2011 description
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China's first shipment of emergency humanitarian aid for Tunisia departed on Thursday evening to help the Tunisian government with the placement of refugees fleeing its neighboring nation Libya.

The relief materials, weighing 93 tonnes, included 1,500 tents and about 20 tonnes of medicine, the Ministry of Commerce said in a statement on its website.

These supplies will be flown to the island of Djerba from Beijing, the ministry said.

The second shipment of relief supplies will be dispatched on April 9, it said.

24 Feb 2009 description
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GAZA, Feb 24, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX News Network) -- Hundreds of Palestinians cross into Egypt on last border opening day.

Hundreds of Palestinians were able to cross in and out of the Gaza Strip two days after Egypt opened Rafah crossing point before Palestinian humanitarian cases, Palestinian officials said on Tuesday.

The three-day opening, started on Sunday, was the first Egyptian gesture towards easing Gaza blockade since the end of the Israeli major offensive in December and January.

Adel Zourob, spokesman for border crossings at Hamas administration, said the travelers, …

09 Mar 2008 description
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CAIRO, Mar 9, 2008 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Some 50 Palestinians who were wounded in recent Israeli strikes against the Gaza Strip crossed into Egypt on Sunday for medical treatment.

The group of the wounded Palestinians entered Egypt through Rafah crossing at the Egypt-Gaza border, the Egyptian official MENA news agency reported.

Several ambulances have been sent to transfer the wounded to hospitals in the city of Al-Arish in North Sinai governorate, Maged el-Sheikh, under secretary of health and population ministry in North Sinai, was quoted as saying.

Some of the seriously …

06 Mar 2008 description
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CAIRO, Mar 6, 2008 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- A group of 63 Palestinians wounded in recent Israeli raids in Gaza Strip arrived Thursday evening in Egypt for medical treatment, the Egyptian official MENA news agency reported.

The Palestinians arrived in Egypt's North Sinai governorate through Rafah crossing at the Egypt-Gaza border, North Sinai health director Maged al-Sheikh was quoted as saying.

The wounded were carried to Al-Arish public hospital in North Sinai and those seriously injured will be transferred to hospitals in Cairo, al-Sheikh said.

Egyptian Health Minister Hatem …

27 Jan 2008 description
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CAIRO, Jan 27, 2008 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --  An Egyptian charity body has sent a convoy of some 50 tons of food and medicine to the Palestinians suffering a humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip, the official MENA news agency reported on Sunday.

The food and medicine would be distributed among the people in Gaza to help them face Israel's policy of blockade, deputy board chairman of the Abul-Enein Charity Somaya Abul-Enein was quoted as saying.

The relief is part of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's directives to the civil society to help the Palestinians, said the …

28 Aug 2007 description
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CAIRO, Aug 28, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Eleven Egyptian trucks loaded with sugar and medical supplies for Palestinians in the Gaza Strip were moving towards their destinations after crossing Karem Salem checkpoint in southern Rafah, the official MENA news agency reported Tuesday.

This batch of aid, provided by the Egyptian Red Crescent, included 126 tons of sugar and 8.5 tons of medical supplies, said the report.

Contacts were under way with Palestinian officials to deliver the aid as soon as possible, a senior official of the Egyptian relief body Mohamed Abdullah was quoted as …

30 Jul 2007 description
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CAIRO, Jul 30, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The second batch of 527 Palestinians stranded in Egypt near the border with the Gaza Strip were relocated Monday to an Egyptian-Israeli border terminal en route to Gaza, Egypt's official MENA news agency reported.

Hani al-Jabbour, the first secretary of the Palestinian embassy and a liaison officer in Cairo, confirmed that the new batch of the stranded Palestinians were sent to Aloja checkpoint one day after the first 101-member batch entered Gaza in conformity with an agreement reached between Egypt and Israel.

More coordination is …

28 Jul 2007 description
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RAMALLAH, Jul 28, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Palestinian Minister of Prisoners Affairs in Salam Fayyad government Ashraf el-Ajrami said Saturday that the crisis of thousands of stranded Palestinians at Gaza- Egypt borders would end soon.

"The crisis of the stranded Palestinians at Gaza-Egypt borders would end soon, most probably on Tuesday, the middle of the week," said el-Ajrami at a press conference in Ramallah.

El-Ajrami told reporters that an agreement was reached with the Israelis to let 6,000 Palestinians stranded in the Egyptian border town of Rafah with the Gaza …

28 Jul 2007 description
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GAZA, Jul 28, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Palestinian Hamas movement Saturday said it rejected the idea of bringing Palestinians stranded in Egypt into the Gaza Strip through an Israeli-run crossing point.

Instead, Hamas demanded the 6.000 Palestinian travelers pass through the Rafah terminal on the Gaza-Egypt border.

07 Jul 2007 description
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GAZA, Jul 7, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Hamas supporters demonstrated in Gaza city on Saturday to demand the immediate opening of Gaza-Egypt border in order to end the plight of more than 6,000 Palestinians stranded in Egypt.

All crossing points in Gaza Strip, including the Rafah border crossing, were closed since Hamas seized control of Gaza Strip in mid June, which was considered by President Mahmoud Abbas as a coup against the Palestinian Authority (PA).

The Rafah border terminal was closed on June 9 and about 6,000 Gazans have been stranded on the Egyptian side of it since then.

04 Apr 2006 description
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KHARTOUM, Apr 4, 2006 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Sudanese President Omer al- Bashir and his visiting Egyptian counterpart Hosni Mubarak agreed Tuesday on the necessity to resolve the conflict in Sudan's western restive region of Darfur by peaceful means.

At a joint press conference following their meeting, both al- Bashir and Mubarak stressed the importance to settle the Darfur conflict without interventions by powers outside the Arab and African worlds.

20 Sep 2005 description
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GAZA, Sept 20, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will meet on Wednesday next week to discuss reopening the borders between the Gaza Strip and Egypt, a senior Palestinian official announced on Tuesday.

11 Jul 2005 description
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CAIRO, Jul 11, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The Egyptian side of the Rafah crossing along Egypt-Gaza border has made arrangements to operate around-the-clock seven days a week as of mid-August, following the Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, the Egyptian Gazette daily reported Monday.

The daily quoted informed sources as saying that Egyptian border guards will be deployed along the border with the Palestinian territories, known as Philadelphi Road.

24 Jun 2005 description
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CAIRO, Jun 24, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Some 1,000 Palestinians spent the night on the Egyptian side of the Rafah checkpoint on the border between Gaza and Egypt on Thursday due to tight Israeli checks, the official MENA news agency reported Friday.

Israeli forces had stepped up security at the border and only let a very slow trickle across, said an Egyptian border official in Rafah on condition of anonymity.

Palestinians stranded at the border checkpoint had to sleep outdoors or in buses, said the official, adding "their numbers keep growing and there are currently around …

20 Jun 2005 description
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JERUSALEM, Jun 20, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Israel's intelligence chief accused the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) of "doing nothing" to rein in terror, local newspaper Ha'aretz reported on its website Monday.

Brigadier General Yosef Kuperwasser, Israeli Military Intelligence Research Division head, said PNA chairman Mahmoud Abbas is not showing enough leadership in the fight against terrorism.

Kuperwasser's remarks came amid a flare-up of violence on Monday, during which Islamic Jihad claimed its militants shot dead an Israeli in the West Bank and …

17 Nov 2004 description
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CAIRO, Nov 17, 2004 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Massive swarms of locusts on Wednesday swept through the Egyptian capital of Cairo after threatening the country's northern fertile regions.

11 Nov 2004 description
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CAIRO, Nov 11, 2004 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Egyptian concerned ministries were mobilized in fight against swarms of invading red locusts that penetrated defence lines and threatened farm land, the official MENA news agency reported Thursday.