Egypt police beat foreign activists in Gaza Freedom March / PHOTO

Hundreds of international activists protested on both sides of a Gaza Strip border crossing against Israeli closures imposed on the territory.

Egypt police beat foreign activists in Gaza Freedom March / PHOTO

Egyptian police wounded two women and a man during demonstrations with the Gaza Freedom March in Cairo Thursday, a Palestinian news agency said.

Hundreds of people including international activists protested on both sides of a Gaza Strip border crossing against Israeli closures imposed on the territory.



Only eighty-six international activists were allowed to enter the enclave on Wednesday from Egypt via the Rafah crossing, the only terminal not controlled by Israel, which has been mostly closed since June 2007.

Another 1,300 activists from around 40 countries had to remain in Cairo after the Egyptian authorities declined to allow the entire group to enter Gaza.



Scuffles broke out in Cairo as around 200 activists gathered downtown to protest the decision, with Egyptian police punching and kicking protesters, leaving one with broken ribs, organisers said.

Identities of the three injured protesters were not immediately released, Maan news agency said.



Among the protesters were a small group of bearded anti-Zionist religious Jews clad in traditional ultra-Orthodox clothing and holding signs that read: "Judaism yes, Zionism no... State of Israel must go."



On December 27, 2008 Israel launched a massive offensive against Gaza, killing nearly 1,500 Palestinians during the 22-day conflict.


Agencies



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