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Friday, December 30, 2005

Palestinian Police Storm Gaza-Egypt Border

AP: Palestinian Policemen Angry Over Officer's Death Storm Gaza-Egypt Border; European Monitors Flee

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip Dec 30, 2005 — Palestinian policemen angry over the killing of a fellow officer stormed the Gaza-Egypt border crossing Friday, firing in the air and forcing European monitors to flee and close the crossing for several hours, officials said.

About 100 policemen stormed the Rafah compound and took up positions alongside border patrol officers at the customs section of the crossing, Palestinian security officials and witnesses said.

Hours after the European observers responsible for monitoring the crossing and ensuring the terms of an Israeli-Palestinian agreement are upheld fled, Julio De La Guardia, spokesman for the monitors, said the situation had been brought under control and the border would be reopened later Friday.
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