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29 Jun 2006 17:17
Palestinian militants blew a hole in the Palestinian border wall between the Gaza Strip and Egypt on Thursday, witnesses said.
About 200 Palestinians gathered at the scene of the explosion, where witnesses said militants blew open an 8m wide hole in the wall. No casualties were reported.
Egyptian and Palestinian security guards on their respective sides of the border prevented any civilians from crossing through the hole.
Egyptian security forces sent riot police, fire trucks and armoured personnel carriers for reinforcement, an Agence France-Presse correspondent saw from the Palestinian side of the border
“The times are hard.
People want to go to Egypt, take a trip, buy some goods, get a breath of fresh air,” said Abu Wiam (18) standing among the crowd by the wall.
“The Jews are closing our whole world so they wanted to open the world,” said another witness, who gave his name as Abu Zaman Jarayda.—AFP
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