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Thursday, August 02, 2007

Bedouins escalate protests after teenager's death

Protesting for the third day, Bedouins near Egypt’s border with Gaza hurled stones, destroyed a police checkpoint and set a police truck on fire Wednesday, police and eyewitnesses said, according to the International Herald Tribune.

The violence was initially sparked by a government plan to demolish homes along the border in an attempt to curb smuggling. Egypt is under pressure from the U.S. and Israel to stop the flow of weapons, especially since Hamas seized control of Gaza in June.

Wednesday’s escalation was in revenge for 15-year-old Auda Mohammed Arafat’s death. Arafat died Tuesday as a result of his injuries from Monday’s clash with police, according to police officials who spoke on condition of anonymity.

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