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Egypt reopens Gaza border after weeklong closure

September 18, 2013

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A Palestinian official says Egypt has reopened its border with the Gaza Strip after a weeklong closure following suicide bombings against the Egyptian army.

Gaza border official Maher Abu Sabha says some 5,000 Palestinians, including people seeking medical treatment in Egypt, were demanding to cross. Hundreds at the Rafah crossing Wednesday scuffled with border officials before the border opened.

Last week, suicide bombers killed Egyptian soldiers in the volatile Sinai Peninsula. Egypt’s military has been cracking down on militants there, some of whom have ties to Gaza militants.

Egypt’s army has also destroyed smuggling tunnels to Gaza, compounding supply shortages from an Israeli blockade. Israel has approved the transfer of more cement, water and fuel to Gaza, but rights advocates say the amounts do not fill the need.

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