Handover ceremony cancelled

Sunday, September 11, 2005 | 
The Israeli army canceled a military ceremony to mark the handover of Gaza after the Palestinians boycotted the event. The Palestinians refused to attend because of a dispute over the Rafah border crossing between Gaza and Egypt, which Israel has closed. Israel says it will remain closed for several months until a new terminal can be built. The Palestinians say the closure means that Gaza is still under “occupation.” A further point of dispute is that Israel still wants to have supervision of Palestinians entering Gaza from Egypt, to prevent the smuggling of weapons and money to terrorist groups.

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