Monday, December 31, 2007
Palestinian Hamas security force officers pull razor-wire in front of demonstrators during a protest supporting Hajj pilgrims stranded in Egypt in front of the Egyptian border crossing with Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, Monday, Dec. 31, 2007. Thousands of Hamas supporters and relatives of Palestinians stuck in Egypt after a religious pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia rallied at the Gaza-Egypt border on Monday to demand the stranded pilgrims' return.
Women hold up placards during a demonstration in Amman December 31, 2007. The protesters urged Egypt to open the Rafah border crossing so as to allow Palestinian haj pilgrims to return home. The placards read: "To our Arab regimes, end the Gaza blockade".
Palestinian pilgrims rest at a temporary shelter on a street outside the Mediterranean coastal city of el-Arish, Egypt, December 31, 2007. Stranded Palestinian haj pilgrims protesting at Egypt's refusal to allow them to return to Gaza through a Hamas-controlled crossing, smashed furniture and windows at a shelter on Monday, a security source said.
THIS IS WHAT THE PHARAOH'S ARMY IS FOR: Egyptian anti-riot soldiers surround Palestinian pilgrims at one of their temporary camps in the Sinai outside the Mediterranean coastal city of el-Arish, Egypt, Monday, Dec. 31, 2007. More than a thousand Palestinian pilgrims set fire on Monday to temporary camps set up by the Egyptian government to house them until a dispute over how they will return to the Gaza Strip is resolved and protesting Egypt's attempts to have them return to Gaza through the Israeli-controlled Aouja border crossing.