Gaza Arabs try to storm Egyptian border

Wednesday, July 02, 2008 |  Israel Today Staff

Hundreds of Palestinian Arabs armed with stones tried to storm the border crossing into Egypt in the southern Gaza town of Rafiah on Wednesday afternoon, wounding a number of Egyptian soldiers.

The Egyptians responded by firing water cannons at the mob, forcing them back into Gaza.

Gaza's Hamas rulers later restored order on their side of the border after the attempted breakthrough had failed.

Earlier this year, Hamas forces blew several holes in the Gaza-Egypt border wall, allowing hundreds of thousands of Gazans to pour into the Egyptian Sinai.

Hamas and the resident of Gaza complain that they don't have enough essential goods to maintain a normal quality of life due to a limited economic embargo imposed on Gaza as a result of ongoing terrorist attacks into southern Israel.

However, Israeli officials have noted that Gaza is flush with cash due to Hamas smuggling efforts and Iranian backing, and that if Hamas would spend the money on infrastructure and building the local economy instead of on weapons and military training, the residents of Gaza would be far better off.

In related news, Israel opened four border crossings into Gaza on Wednesday to allow large shipments of fuel, wheat, animal feed and dry cement to enter the territory in accordance with an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire between Hamas and the Jewish state.

Israel was implementing its truce obligations despite the fact that Gaza terrorists have broken the ceasefire on numerous occasions over the past week by firing rockets at communities in southern Israel.

Israel also allowed dozens of Palestinians to enter sovereign Israel to seek medical treatment at Israeli hospitals.

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