Monday, February 4, 2008
Shots fired at Egypt-Gaza border following stone-throwing clashes
Update:"One Palestinian was killed in an exchange of fire on Monday between masked Palestinian gunmen and Egyptian forces at Gaza's border with Egypt, Palestinian medical officials said.
The officials identified the dead Palestinian as a civilian and said another four Palestinians were wounded in the clash. Two Egyptian police officers were also wounded....."
"Gunfire erupted at the Gaza-Egypt border on Monday, following stone-throwing clashes between Egyptian border guards and Palestinians, witnesses said.
Five people were wounded by gunfire, said a Gaza health official, Dr. Moawiya Hassanain. Two Egyptian police officers were among the wounded.
The tensions began when the Egyptian guards sealed the border hermetically Monday, not even allowing Egyptians and Gazans who had found themselves on the wrong side of the border to return home.
At some point, dozens of teens threw stones at an Egyptian command post in the area. Egyptian forces fired tear gas, and medics said 12 people were treated for tear gas inhalation.
Eventually, gunfire erupted, but the source of the shooting was not immediately clear.
The Egyptian troops had closed the border on Sunday, using metal spikes and barbed wire, ending a 12-day breach that had allowed hundreds of thousands of Gazans to visit Egyptian border towns......"