GAZA CITY – Scores of patients and disabled Palestinians on Saturday staged a protest outside the Egyptian embassy in the Gaza Strip to call for the reopening of the Rafah border crossing between the Palestinian territory and Egypt.
"The closure deprives me of my medicines," reads a placard held by some demonstrators during the rally, which was organized by the National Committee to Break the Siege.
Mohamed al-Kahlout, a spokesman for the demonstrators, described as "choking" the blockade on the Gaza Strip and the closure of the Rafah crossing.
"The closure of the crossing is creating a human tragedy in Gaza," al-Kahlout told Anadolu Agency.
"We just want to lead a dignified life like all other human beings," he added.
The Gaza Strip has been suffering an Israel-imposed blockade since 2006. Palestinians say the blockade has deprived the Palestinian enclave's 1.8 million residents of their most essential needs.
An all-out Egyptian crackdown on smuggling tunnels between Egypt and Gaza has also come to add insult to the injury of the Palestinians.
The new Egyptian measures, which followed the ouster by the military of elected president Mohamed Morsi last July, also includes extended closures of the Rafah crossing.