Ruling on separation wall with Gaza expected in June

The Administrative Court has set a date of 21 June on which to issue a ruling on the legality of a steel wall being constructed along Egypt's borders with Gaza.

In December 2009, the Egyptian government began building the wall, which runs both above and below ground, to prevent the infiltration of Palestinians into the Egyptian city of Rafah via underground tunnels.

However, several Egyptians, including former ambassador Ibrahim Youssri, researcher Hamed Seddeeq and former MP Mohamed al-Omda, have stated their opposition to the wall, and filed a case against former President Hosni Mubarak, and former MP Ahmed Nazif, stating that the project contravenes international law.

In their case, the plaintifs state that the wall is a violation of the 1907 Hague Conventions and the Fourth Geneva Convention.

They also complain that the Egyptian government has not made an official announcement regarding the construction of the wall.

The wall, which is to extend 10 kilometers along the borders and 20 meters under the ground, is to be financed by European states and the US.

Translated from the Arabic Edition

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