World Bulletin / News Desk
Palestinians in the impoverished Gaza Strip on Tuesday appealed to Arab and African leaders meeting in Kuwait to break a crippling blockade on their coastal enclave.
Dozens of people staged a protest in Gaza City to demonstrate against the siege.
The Palestinians urged Arab and African leaders meeting in Kuwait today to advocate their cause.
They also appealed to Egyptian authorities to open the Rafah crossing, Gaza's only window to the outside world, to allow fuel, medicine and urgently-needed supplies.
"The siege has been imposed on Gaza because we refuse to abandon our rights and defend the dignity of the Palestinian people and Arab and Muslim nations," Ahmed Bahr, the deputy speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council, told a rally organized by the ruling Hamas group.
Bahr warned that the Palestinian enclave, home to nearly two million people, is "facing a real catastrophe."
The senior lawmaker accused Israel, the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority and Egypt of tightening the blockade on Gaza.
Arab and African leaders are meeting in Kuwait today for the 3rd Arab-African summit.
The Gaza Strip has been under a crippling Israeli siege since Hamas came to power in 2006.
The situation worsened in the strip recently after the Egyptian army cracked down on a network of underground tunnels that were used to smuggle food and fuel into the enclave.
Hamas government spokesman Ihab al-Ghosein has called on the international community to lift the long-running siege.Last Mod: 19 Kasım 2013, 15:21