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Thousands of Palestinians and guests participated Tuesday24, Nov.1998, in what was dubbed as "historic day for Palestine " - The inauguration of the first Palestinian Airport in Gaza strip.

The opening of the airport, which can receive small and large airplanes, is a landmark in the Palestinian struggle for independence.

President Yasser Arafat signaled the opening with a speech ,"I declare that the opening of the airport is one of our initial steps to declare the Palestinian State with Jerusalem as its capital."


Egypt Air


Nine airplanes landed on the opening day. The first airplane was Egyptian. Morocco, which donated furniture to the airport, also sent an airplane.



Prince Faisal and Jordanian delegation




Late King Husien's son, Faisal, headed a large Jordanian delegation. Special European Union for peace envoy Miguel Moratinos also took part in the ceremony.


Yaser Arafat International Airport started operations by Palestinian Airlines, Egypt Air, Royal Jordanian, and Royal Air Maroc.

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