Students in Beirut call on Egypt to bring aid to war-torn Gaza through Rafah crossing

(23 May 2024)
LEBANON GAZA PROTEST

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ASSOCIATED PRESS
Beirut, Lebanon – 23 May 2024
1. Various of students marching towards the Egyptian Embassy in Beirut while chanting in support of the Palestinians in Gaza
2. Students chanting, UPSOUND (Arabic): "Students and laborers against the occupation"
3. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Rawad Jaloul, student protester:
"The Egyptian people are protesting against the closure of the Rafah crossing and (Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah) El-Sisi is still keeping it (the crossing) shut."

4. Students marching towards Egyptian Embassy, some holding Palestinian flags
5. Students marching, UPSOUND (Arabic): "No displacement and no to settlements. This is the land of Palestine"
6. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Rawad Jaloul, student protester:
"The Arab regimes are silent while the Palestinian people are being exterminated. We are now in front of the Egyptian Embassy to protest against the closure of the Rafah crossing at a time when the Egyptian government has the power and ability to open the crossing in order to deliver aid to the Palestinian people."

7. Various of students protesting in front of Egyptian Embassy
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Andreas Andreas, student protester:
"Today, we’re here in front of the Beirut American University, and we are going on a march to the Egyptian Embassy. And we thought it was very symbolic to move from here to the embassy because there’s relationships that tie this university to the Egyptian regime, and we stand firmly against their complicity in the genocide in Gaza."

9. Various of protest
10. Riot police standing outside the Egyptian Embassy
STORYLINE:
Students in Lebanon protested on Thursday outside the Egyptian Embassy in Beirut, demanding that Egyptian authorities use the Rafah crossing to bring aid to Palestinians suffering in Gaza.

"We are now in front of the Egyptian Embassy to protest against the closure of the Rafah crossing," said Rawad Jaloul, one of the protesters who took part in the rally in Beirut.

The border was closed over the past two weeks since Israel launched an incursion into Rafah that closed a vital crossing between Gaza and Egypt.

The protesters called for an end to the war in the Gaza Strip and criticized Arab governments for not taking a firmer stance in defense of the Palestinians.

"The Arab regimes are silent while the Palestinian people are being exterminated," Jaloul said.

Protests by students and other groups denouncing the Israel-Hamas war have been recurrent In Lebanon since the fighting started in October.

The United Nations said Tuesday that it was no longer able to distribute food aid in the southern Gaza city of Rafah due to lack of supplies and insecurity.

The U.N says some 1.1 million people in Gaza — nearly half the population — face catastrophic levels of hunger and that the territory is on the brink of famine.

The humanitarian crisis deepened after Israeli forces pushed into Rafah on May 6.

Over the past two weeks, hundreds of thousands of people have fled Rafah in a chaotic exodus, seeking shelter in new tent camps or crowding into areas already devastated by previous Israeli offensives.

Some 400,000 people are believed to still be in Rafah after around 900,000 rushed to escape, according to COGAT, the Israeli military office in charge of Palestinian civilian affairs.

Israel launched its war in Gaza after Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack, in which militants stormed into southern Israel, killed about 1,200 people — mostly civilians — and abducted about 250.

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