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Palestinians stream home

Thousands of Palestinians streamed home through the breaches in Gaza’sborder with Egypt yesterday after Egyptian authorities choked offsupplies to the area and moved to restore control.<br />Egypt has struggled to re-seal the border and contain hundreds ofthousands of needy Gazans who poured across since militants blastedopenings last Wednesday to evade an Israeli blockade on the Hamas-runterritory.


Thousands of Palestinians streamed home through the breaches in Gaza’s border with Egypt yesterday after Egyptian authorities choked off supplies to the area and moved to restore control.
Egypt has struggled to re-seal the border and contain hundreds of thousands of needy Gazans who poured across since militants blasted openings last Wednesday to evade an Israeli blockade on the Hamas-run territory.
Hundreds of trucks were held up at a bridge that leads from mainland Egypt to the Sinai peninsula and Gaza. Merchants in Rafah said they were struggling to resupply their shops. Palestinians said the scarcity of goods drove prices to the roof.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit said his country would take steps to control the border with Gaza “as soon as possible” without giving details. Egyptian forces tried to seal the border last week but militants just bulldozed new openings.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ government said it had agreed with Cairo that it would run the crossing, excluding Hamas. But Hamas said it had assurances from Egypt that there had been no deal.


 
 
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