AL JAZEERA-Lethal clashes at Gaza-Egypt border

 Egyptian forces clashed with members of the Viva Palestina convoy late on Tuesday [GALLO/GETTY]Lethal clashes at Gaza-Egypt border



At least one Egyptian border guard has been killed and two Palestinians shot and wounded along the Gaza border during fierce clashes with Egyptian security forces.

A border protest on Wednesday turned violent over frustration that the aid convoy, Viva Palestina, had been delayed.

Egyptian forces opened fire to disperse stone-throwing protesters who had gathered on the Gaza side of the Rafah border crossing, witnesses and medics said.

Gaza’s Hamas leaders had called for the rally to protest the delay of the Viva Palestina international aid convoy at Egypt’s port city of al-Arish.

Al Jazeera’s Ayman Mohyeldin, reporting from Gaza, said the situation had calmed considerably shortly thereafter.

“Senior officials from Palestinian security forces have arrived at the border [and] they have calmed the situation down. They were able to push back the thousand or so protesters and rock-throwers who had gathered here.

“About an hour ago, a rally that had been organised by Hamas to criticise Egypt’s denial to allow the Viva Palestina convoy to make its way into Gaza with much needed aid was held here.

“Shortly after that concluded, Palestinians started throwing rocks at Egyptian security personnel on the other side of the border and we heard an exchange of gunfire. We have been able to confirm that two Palestinians have been injured as a result of that gunfire.”


Posted on January 6, 2010, in Updates and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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