Palestinian police seal Gaza’s border with Egypt

Sunday, September 18, 2005 | 
Palestinian police fired in the air and clashed with stone throwing crowds on the Gaza border with Egypt. Police say they sealed off the chaotic frontier, after Palestinians tore down the border fence following Israel's pullout from Gaza last week. Since then, officials say hundreds of assault rifles and pistols, and tens of thousands of bullets have been smuggled from Egypt to Palestinian terrorists in Gaza. “We've barely pulled out of there, and already hundreds of weapons are flowing across and they [the Palestinians] are doing nothing," former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Israel Radio. Palestinian police sealed five major breaches in the fence, and the Egyptians have fortified their side with barbed wire. But the chaotic situation raises questions about whether the Palestinian Authority can restore law and order in turbulent Gaza.

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