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Palestinian Mother and Child Reunited After 20 years.

▶️ Amjad Yaghi, a Palestinian living in the Gaza strip, traveled to Egypt, Monday, December 2, to reunite with his mother who he hasn't seen in twenty years.
👉 Palestinian journalist Amjad Yaghi was just nine when his mother left the Gaza Strip on what should have been a short trip to Egypt for medical treatment.
But until a joyful reunion this week, they did not see each other again for 20 years. Yaghi's mother, Nevine Zouheir, could not return to Gaza because of spinal disc pain for which she needs surgery.
Despite 14 attempts to go to see her, Yaghi was unable to get out of Gaza after the militant group Hamas took control of the territory in 2007 and Israel and Egypt imposed a blockade that included travel restrictions.
Though he was invited to attend several conferences abroad, he received travel clearance only after they ended, leaving him without a valid reason to cross the border.
Yaghi was finally granted a visa to enter Egypt via Jordan, and made his way to his mother's apartment in the Nile Delta town of Banha.
"It was very difficult, knowing you could die without having realized your dreams, without having seen your family, your mother," said Yaghi, who lived through all of Gaza's wars with Israel and was wounded in 2009.
"In all of these situations, you need a mother. Yes, okay, I am 29 years old. But I need a mother beside me," he said. "I have relatives who are all great, but a mother is important in a country which lives under occupation."
Citing security concerns, Israel maintains tight controls on Palestinian movement in and out of Gaza, which was captured by Israel in the 1967 Middle East War. Egypt only occasionally opens a border crossing at the city of Rafah to allow certain people through, such as holders of foreign passports, students and those in need of medical treatment. (Reuters)

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