RAFAH, GAZA STRIP, September 19, 2013 (WAFA) – Hamas police Thursday continued, for the second day in a row, to prevent Gaza students who gathered at Rafah, in the south of the Gaza Strip, from crossing the borders to Egypt in order to reach their colleges abroad, according to witnesses.
Students said that Hamas police attack them with clubs and arrested the students’ spokesman despite the fact that Hamas officials promised on Wednesday, following a similar attack by Hamas police against the students, to allow them to cross to Egypt on Thursday.
Students called on humanitarian organizations to intervene on their behalf and pressure Hamas to allow them to cross to Egypt. They expressed fear that they might lose the entire school year if they are not allowed to leave Gaza.
Egypt agreed to open the crossing briefly on Wednesday and Thursday for special cases after President Mahmoud Abbas Monday called the head of the Egyptian intelligence, Mohammed Tohami, and requested that Egypt allows students, the sick and humanitarian cases to leave Gaza.