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Palestinian anger at closed border with Egypt

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Palestinian anger at closed border with Egypt


With Gaza remaining closed to the outside world, Palestinian protesters have stormed the Rafah border crossing with Egypt. Scores of demonstrators, including women and children, clashed with Egyptian police who drove them back with water canon. Shots were fired in the air.

Palestinian medical sources said around 60 people were injured in the disturbance. Israel forced the closure of the frontier in June when Hamas seized control of the Strip.

In the West Bank, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says he will press ahead with peace talks with Israel, but would continue to put pressure on Israel to lift its blockade completely.

Israel took the action to stop Hamas militants firing rockets into its territory. Abbas said he viewed such attacks from Gaza as “pointless”.

Under pressure from the UN and the EU, Israel has now eased its clampdown on the territory.

It has allowed lorries carrying domestic cooking gas and enough fuel to power the electricity station for a week to cross the border.

The restrictions have caused extreme hardship in Gaza.

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