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Gaza celebrates Mubarak resignation

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PressTV - Gazans celebrate Mubarak resignation:

Sat Feb 12, 2011 11:1AM
Ashraf Shannon, Press TV, Gaza

"The people of Gaza congratulated the Egyptian people on achieving this goal, describing it as the victory of the will of the Egyptian people and their sacrifices.

On Friday, after 18 days of massive anti-Mubarak protests across Egypt, the Egyptian leader finally stepped down and handed power to the military after 30 years in power.

As the news spread, fireworks lit up the night sky in Gaza. The government of Hamas military wing the al-Qassam brigades held a military parade saluting the Egyptian revolution. Hamas spokesman Sami abu-Zohri called on Egypt to immediately lift the blockade.

Egypt controls the Rafah border which is the only access point connecting the besieged Gaza Strip to the outside world. Palestinians have for long called on Cairo to reopen the border and alleviate their suffering.

The Islamic Jihad movement described the Egyptian revolution's victory as an historic moment that could pave the way for the liberation of Jerusalem al-Qods.

For nearly four years, Egypt helped Israel to impose a deadly siege on the Palestinian territory, keeping Gaza's 1.5 million population trapped in the tiny strip.

Egypt was the first Arab country to sign a peace treaty with Israel in 1979 following days of secret negotiations at Camp David, in the United States.

Many Egyptians, however, believe that the treaty did not end Israeli occupation and opposed it.

Gazans who have been under a crippling blockade by Israel and Egypt for years hope that with Mubarak gone they could gain more freedom.

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