Palestinians storm Rafah border crossing

July 2nd, 2008 - 7:40 pm ICT by IANS  

Cairo, July 2 (Xinhua) A group of Palestinians has stormed the Rafah border crossing at the Egyptian border with the Palestinian enclave Gaza Strip, the pan-Arab al-Jazeera TV channel reported Wednesday. The TV footage shows that some Palestinians are throwing rocks at Egyptian troops from the Palestinian side of the border crossing.

The Egyptian forces used water cannons to keep the Palestinians from crossing into the Egyptian side. No details of casualties were reported so far, but some people were bleeding during the incident.

The situation has been under control and the Egyptian border guards are still on high alert. The border crossing, which was opened temporarily Tuesday, has been closed after the incident.

Egyptian authorities Tuesday temporarily opened the Rafah crossing for Palestinians stranded at both sides. Some Palestinian patients, students and workers have been allowed to cross into Egypt.

Witnesses said the Palestinians were angry because only a limited number of them have been allowed to cross the border crossing.

It was reported that the Palestinian side had asked Egypt to open the border crossing for three days till July 3.

In January, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians crossed into the Egyptian side through the border crossing to stock up on daily supplies after Palestinian militants blasted the border wall open.

The Rafah crossing, the only Gaza passage to the outside world that bypasses Israel was completely closed in June 2007, when Hamas routed security forces of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and took over Gaza by force.

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