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Egyptians Fire On Fleeing Palestinians

From a confused Associated Press:

Egyptian border police look at the smoke rising during an Israeli air strike that hit along the Egyptian border with Gaza seen from the Egyptian border crossing in Rafah, Egypt Sunday, Dec. 28, 2008.

EQYPT – Border guard killed in clashes with Palestinians

Published: Monday | December 29, 2008

Palestinians breached the border fence with Egypt in several places and hundreds crossed, prompting clashes with Egyptian security that left one border guard dead, said an Egyptian security official.

Palestinian gunmen and border guards traded fire and an Egyptian major was shot twice in the stomach and killed, said the security official.

Palestinians breached the border in four places along its nine-mile (14 kilometres) length, allowing hundreds of residents to pour into Egypt. Gunmen also briefly took control of several Egyptian checkpoints, added the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the press.

The breach came shortly after Israeli aircraft struck the smuggling tunnels running underneath the border, targeting one of the lifelines of the territory’s Hamas rulers.

At least 300 Egyptian border guards have been rushed to the area to reseal the border.

About four hours later, an Egyptian security official in Cairo said most of the breaches were again under Egyptian control. The official said most of those who crossed into Egypt have returned to Gaza and security officers were combing the area for remaining infiltrators

Yesterday, a witness on the Gaza side of the border, Fida Kishta, said residents detonated a landmine along the border and commandeered a bulldozer to create more breaches.

"There was a loud bang and then we saw the smoke, and then people began heading towards Egypt, we counted them in the hundreds. Everyone in the area started crossing through," she said.

An official on the Egyptian side said the wall between Gaza and Egypt at the Barahmeh neighbourhood was brought down during the air strike and the subsequent large explosion from an underground fuel pipe.

He later said Palestinians and Egyptian security clashed heavily along the border. Tear gas was also used extensively by the Egyptian security, the official said, to keep people away from the breaches, keeping many Rafah residents indoors…

Once again, we see the love and support Arabs show their fellow Arabs when the chips are down.

Of course the truth is nobody wants the perpetually aggrieved Palestinians.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, December 29th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Egyptians Fire On Fleeing Palestinians”

  1. cjokry says:

    When will these people finally be desperate enough to try peace with Israel? They’d rather try bum rushing the boarder of a militant Muslim police state than elect people to lead them to a contented existence within a functioning democracy. That is just sadly myopic.

  2. The Redneck says:

    The Egyptians, Syrians, Jordanians, and Saudis are perfectly happy with the palestinians as they are. As long as they have a ready supply of cannon fodder, they will actively work to make sure the palestinians’ lot does not improve.

    • Gladius et Scutum says:

      I think there is a glimmer of hope in this border incident, especially if it escalates. As SG noted, nobody wants the Palestinians. The arrival of the Palestinians in Lebanon helped percipitate a civil war that ruined a beautiful country, and they tried to do worse in Jordan (Black September): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_September_in_Jordan
      Radical Palestinian groups are not welcome there. If Egypt truly cuts off Hamas, the terrorists will be without a line of supply (outside the UN)

  3. Gladius et Scutum says:

    Seventh Para:
    “Yesterday, a witness on the Gaza side of the border, Fida Kishta, said that residents detonated a landmine along the border and commandeered a bulldozer to create more breaches”.

    Funny, “residents” in my area do not carry landmines. Or is this just another example of the AP’s progression wherein “terrorists” became “guerillas” then “militants” now “residents”, and certainly tomorrow “disabled orphans”. I believe these arabs are fleeing because the IDF knows very well who they are.

  4. proreason says:

    The Palestinians should apply for TARP.

    My understanding is that their plight is entirely related to Bush’s mis-administration.

    The income gap between them and American entrepreneurs has been increasing for years. They need a bail-out.

    Can they vote for Obamy?

  5. Diane says:

    Of course the truth is nobody wants the perpetually aggrieved Palestinians.

    Would you welcome a dog that wasn’t housebroken?

  6. Liberals Demise says:

    If you run….you are Hamas
    If you stand and fight….you are WELL trained Hamas!!

  7. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    So much for the unified Arab community. At least the Israelis allow Palestinians to live with their midst.


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