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Hamas blows hole in Gaza border
Hamas militants have destroyed a section of a concrete barrier erected along the Gaza-Egypt border. Palestinian and Egyptian troops have been trying to shore up the barrier to stop Palestinians crossing into Egypt after the withdrawal of Israeli troops. In chaotic scenes, thousands of Palestinians have streamed over the border in the last few days without undergoing official checks. Despite this, Egypt says that its Gaza border is officially closed.
Hamas vow to bring down Israel
Officers from Hamas's militia are vowing to turn Gaza into a huge armed camp devoted to digging Israel's grave. Commanders from Hamas's Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades armed wing spoke triumphantly of their post-Israeli withdrawal war strategy from the Gaza Strip.
They sketched out a vision of tunnels into Israel, regular rocket attacks on the Jewish state; a free flow of weapons and militants from Egypt; and constant smuggling to the West Bank. They spoke of their determination to turn the strip of Mediterranean coast, home to 1.3 million people, into an armed camp intent on the destruction of the Jewish state with a Palestinian Authority powerless to stop them.
Palestinians shop till they drop in Egyptian border town
The quiet Egyptian border town of Rafah turned into a bustling open-air bazaar as thousands of Palestinians from the neighboring Gaza Strip swarmed into stores seeking cheaper goods. Goats and sheep were traded on sidewalks, heaps of fish were weighed under the careful eyes of avid buyers undeterred by a blistering sun. "I've done better in a day that in a whole month," said a jubilant shop-owner on the second day of the shopping bonanza. “It was way cheaper yesterday but it's still worth it.” At the border, where Palestinians continued to pour into Egypt unhindered by security forces, money changers were offering Israeli shekels for local Egyptian pounds. "I did not have a job until two days ago. Their coming is a blessing for the local economy," said one of them.
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