SHAFAQNA -Â The people of Gaza who have been unable to travel due to the Rafah crossing closure began an openÂ hunger strike on Tuesday, calling for Egyptians to open it.
The hunger strikers set up a tent near the crossing and put up a number of posters including: â€œPeople stuck in Gaza call for Egyptian Authorities to open the Rafah crossing in both directions.â€
Another poster read: â€œWe call for the UN and all human rights organisations to facilitate the travel of Gazaâ€™s patientsâ€¦ Gazaâ€™s patients are awaiting death because of the closure of the crossing. We are humansâ€¦ Where are President Abbas and the unity government?â€
Days of Palestine reported that the Gazans participating in the hunger striker said that they would continue until the crossing is opened, calling for the Palestinian Authority and the Palestinian unity government to ensure that it is opened.
A spokesman for the strikers, Majdi abu-Kareem said that around 15,000 Palestinians need to travel urgently and they are â€œjust waiting for the crossing to openâ€.
â€œSome of the people who are unable to travel are patients, some are university students and some are foreign passport holders facing expiration deadlines,â€ he said. â€œThe passports of a number of foreign passport holders have expired.â€
â€œThe continuous closure of the crossing increases the suffering of the people of Gaza,â€ Abu-Kareem said. â€œThe closure makes the coastal enclave the biggest prison in the world.â€