Palestinians shoot at Egypt

2009-12-18 22:42

kalahari.com

Rafah - Palestinians from the Gaza Strip opened fire at the Rafah border crossing on Friday, where Egypt is building a barrier to stem smuggling into Gaza, an Egyptian security official said.

"Palestinian shots were fired and hit the equipment used for the construction," the official said, adding that no casualties were reported.

He said Egypt sent additional security forces to the border in response.

"It seems to be an isolated incident and does not worry us," the official said. "The Palestinian side has been informed so that the incident can be investigated."

On Thursday, a state-owned Cairo daily confirmed that Egypt was building an underground barrier with the Gaza Strip, aimed at stemming smuggling through underground tunnels.

A network of hundreds of tunnels beneath the border provide a crucial economic lifeline to Gaza, which has been sealed off from all but vital humanitarian aid by Israel and Egypt since Hamas took over in June 2007.
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