Egyptiske myndigheter er bekymret over alle palestinerne fra Gaza som forsøker å komme seg til Kairo. De fleste vil ha jobb og/eller nyte livet. Men noen har annen «bagasje» – våpen og farlige tanker. Avisene har historiene.
AP-journalisten møter unge menn som vil smake på det søte liv.
«We are not terrorists. We are not going to Cairo as troublemakers. We just want to enjoy our life,» said Shady el-Rmelat, a 23-year-old former history student at the University of Gaza who dropped out for financial reasons.
He and two other young Gazans said they tried three times to sneak out of El-Arish to Cairo — paying taxi drivers to take them — but had gotten caught each time by Egyptian security.
His cousin, a 22-year-old Gaza high school dropout who gave only his first name, Muwaffaq, said the young men wanted to watch belly dancers in Cairo night clubs and taste alcohol for the first time. Liquor is not allowed in Hamas-controlled Gaza.
«I will not give up. I will keep on trying until I do it,» Muwaffaq said.
Men mediene er opptatt av noe annet – de farlige.
Egyptian officials have not commented on Gazans reaching deeper into Egypt. But state-owned newspapers have reported several arrests of Palestinians trying to smuggle weapons and explosives to Egyptian areas beyond Rafah.
One state paper, Al-Ahram daily, quoted unnamed officials Wednesday as saying Egyptian security forces had rounded up several armed Palestinians across Egypt, foiling a number of terror attacks including some planned against Israel.
Such reports seem to reflect growing Egyptian concerns that Gazans, if not contained in the border area, could become a problem for the rest of the country.
Israel has warned its citizens against visiting the beach resorts of Sinai, the vast desert peninsula between the Gaza border and Cairo.