Egypt has seized relief supplies for the
Gaza Strip as it continues to keep closed the Rafah border crossing for aid
flow to the region.
Egyptian police on Thursday seized 2,200 tons of food and medical aid
destined for the region, AFP reported.
Two members of the Muslim Brotherhood, Hossam al-Shurbagi and Kamel al-Shaarawi,
were also arrested, accused of 'illegally' storing the food in three
warehouses, a security official said.
Shurbagi said the aid was being stored pending the reopening of the Rafah
Cairo has kept closed the crossing despite international concerns over
further worsening of the humanitarian situation in the region.
"No humanitarian, media or medical delegations will be allowed through, nor
will medical aid deliveries be permitted," an Egyptian border official had
The Gaza Strip is suffering from a humanitarian crisis due to the tight
19-month old blockade of the region and a 23-day war which killed nearly
1330 Palestinians mostly civilians.
The Rafah border crossing was closed even during the deadly Israeli
offensive in which people were in dire need of basic goods and medical