GAZA, Aug. 22 (Xinhua) -- Dozens of Gaza residents rallied Thursday to call for an end to more than six years of Israeli blockade on the Palestinian enclave, local media reported.
Organized by the Popular Committee against Israeli Siege, the demonstration at Gaza City's fishermen dock, where protesters waved Palestinian flags and held up banners against tight Israeli security measures.
Jamal al-Khudari, an independent lawmaker and head of the committee told reporters that Arab and Islamic states as well as the international community have to act to completely terminate the Israeli siege on Gaza.
"Israel is still besieging the Strip and keeping five major crossings closed, while only temporarily operating one commercial terminal," he said.
Israel imposed an economic blockade on the Gaza Strip in the summer of 2006 and tightened it right after the Islamic Hamas movement seized control of the enclave in 2007. In 2010, Israel eased the blockade but did not lift it.
The Palestinians' call to end the blockade came as Egypt closed the Rafah border crossing, the main gate of the enclave to the outside world, due to domestic turmoil.
Meanwhile, Hamas officials have said that the Egyptian security campaign against the tunnels underneath the border between Gaza and the Sinai Peninsula may lead to a humanitarian crisis given the Israeli blockade.