Activists spend night at border after being denied access to Gaza

Dozens of Egyptian activists spent Monday night at the Rafah border crossing after Egyptian authorities refused to let them into Gaza on Nakba Day, the anniversary of the creation of the state of Israel.

The activists, who arrived from Cairo and several other Egyptian provinces, refused to return to their homes and decided to stage a sit-in at the border to support what they have called a third Palestinian intifada.

The activists called for the return of Palestinian refugees and the opening of the Rafah border crossing for all individuals and goods, which they said should remain under the exclusive control of Egyptian authorities.

The activists also called for closing the Israeli Embassy, expelling the Israeli ambassador, stopping gas exports to Israel and abolishing the Camp David Accords.

Despite heightened security measures, dozens of activists managed to arrive at Gaza’s borders to mark Nakba Day on Sunday. The protesters gathered on the Egyptian side, raised Egyptian and Palestinian flags and chanted slogans calling for the liberation of Jerusalem.

Meanwhile, hundreds of Egyptians on Tuesday renewed protests in front of the Israeli Embassy in Giza despite Sunday's clashes with security forces, which left more than 350 protesters injured.

The protesters burned the Israeli flag, calling to expel the Israeli ambassador and halt natural gas exports to Israel.

Translated from the Arabic Edition

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