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Egypt opens Gaza border to help wounded

The move comes after two days of fighting
March 2, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
Egypt has opened its only crossing with the Gaza Strip to receive wounded Palestinians. The moves comes as two days of intense fighting between Israel and Hamas militants has left nearly 70 Palestinians dead.

Medical officials say Egypt has sent 27 ambulances to the crossing to transfer as many as 200 wounded Palestinians to hospitals in the Sinai Peninsula and other Egyptian cities.

It's the first time Egypt has agreed to open the crossing since the militant Palestinian group Hamas blew up part of the border wall in January, letting hundreds of thousands of Palestinians cross over to shop for supplies.

Hamas wants Egypt to reopen the crossing and give the group a role in monitoring it. But Cairo has rejected the demand, calling instead for a return to an earlier agreement giving Israel and the European Union the responsibility.

 

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