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EU to monitor key Gaza border

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A delegation from the EU is holding talks in the Middle East, fine-tuning details of how Europeans can help monitor a key border.

Israel has agreed with Egypt to allow the re-opening of the Rafah crossing and it has given the green light to a European presence there. EU officials will help to oversee the crossing between Gaza and Egypt. It is the only place where Gaza’s Palestinians can directly reach the outside world without setting foot in Israel. Israeli authorities say the border is used for smuggling weapons. They are set to install surveillance cameras as part of their monitoring efforts. After its withdrawal from Gaza, Israel has been widely criticized for delaying the re-opening of the crossing. Palestinians say Israel’s pullout remains incomplete as long as it retains control of the Strip’s borders and airspace.