Lawless Gazans Blow Up Border Wall
BBC SAYS ISRAELI SOLDIERS “WOULD HAVE SHOT AND PROBABLY KILLED” PALESTINIANS FOR “JUST STANDING” NEXT TO THE EGYPTIAN BORDER WALL BEFORE ISRAEL EVACUATED GAZA,
Chaos continues in Gaza
A Hamas militant prepares to detonate explosives attached to the security barrier separating the Gaza Strip from Egypt. Hamas militants blew a gaping hole in a concrete barrier on the Gaza Strip’s southern border, enabling Palestinians to continue surging into Egypt despite pledges to restore order. (AFP)
Hamas militants blew a gaping hole in a concrete barrier on the Gaza Strip’s southern border, enabling Palestinians to continue surging into Egypt despite pledges to restore order.
Under pressure from Israel, Egyptian authorities set a new deadline for all Palestinians to return to the Gaza side after revealing they had uncovered a tunnel stashed with weapons on the border.
Hundreds of people continued to scramble across the divided border town of Rafah after witnesses said Hamas members detonated mines next to concrete slabs dividing Palestinian Rafah from Egypt, blowing a hole which people could clamber through.
A single Egyptian soldier looked on helplessly. Amid the mayhem, Hamas militants posed for pictures with a 10-year-old Egyptian girl.
Kaboom! Palestinians run after an explosion as in a section of the border wall was blown up by civilians trying to cross between the Rafah Refugee Camp, in the southern Gaza Strip and Egypt, Wednesday Sept. 14, 2005. (AP)
Egyptian border guards discovered the tunnel in the al-Duhniya area, 2 1/2 miles south of the Rafah crossing point, on Tuesday evening, a security official said.
The tunnel contained 38 firearms and three rocket-propelled grenades, the official added, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press.
The tunnel penetrated to the Palestinian side of the frontier, and Palestinian security forces seized the weapons Wednesday, the official said.