Security also broke down at Gaza’s border with Egypt, despite an agreement with Israel for the deployment of 750 Egyptian troops. These guards stood by as thousands of Palestinians tore down the fence and crossed into Egypt, buying up cheap supplies and appliances. It's a security nightmare for Israel, which expected Egyptian forces to prevent weapons smuggling to Palestinian terrorists. Egyptian and Palestinian authorities have vowed to restore order, and at press time, it appeared that they were making progress on sealing the border. Egypt has had its share of terrorist shootings and bombings, so analysts say it’s in Cairo’s interest to secure the volatile frontier.
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