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OPT: Prices soar in Gaza as Rafah, tunnels close | IRIN Middle East

GAZA, 7 February 2011 (IRIN) – More than a week of political unrest in Egypt has heightened the threat of a humanitarian crisis in neighbouring Gaza. Egyptian soldiers fled their posts on the northern border on 30 January, forcing the Rafah crossing – a critical valve for the 1.5 million Palestinians living in Gaza – to close.

Around 60 Palestinians, attempting to return home via Cairo when Gaza’s southern border closed, are still being held in the “deportation room” at Cairo airport. Among them are six children and several critically ill patients who are running out of medication.

Read more here: IRIN Middle East | OPT: Prices soar in Gaza as Rafah, tunnels close | OPT | Economy | Health & Nutrition | Security | Urban Risk.

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