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Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Gaza-Egypt shooting leaves one dead, scores wounded

Gunfire erupted between Egyptian border guards and armed Gazans on Monday, resulting in the death of one Palestinian and injuring 38 Egyptian police, BBC News reported the same day.

The shooting began only one day after the border was resealed by Egyptian construction workers. The recent suicide bombing attack in Israel prompted tighter security at the border crossing check points, with Egyptians police no longer allowing Palestinians stranded in Egypt to return home. Anger grew on both side of the border, with some of the thousands of Gazans stranded in Egypt demanding that Egyptian officers let them pass. Palestinian youths began to pelt the border guards with stones, to which the Egyptians responded with tear gas. Gunfire then erupted from both sides of the border.

It is unclear who fired first.

The firefight began late in the afternoon but could still be heard intermittedly late into the night.

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