Egypt police prevent Palestinians to cross border

Some Palestinians managed to climb over the border wall into Egypt, with riot police reinforcements being sent to the frontier on the second day of Israel's assault on the Gaza Strip that has killed more than 280 people.

Egypt police prevent Palestinians to cross border
Egyptian police fired in the air near the Gaza border town of Rafah on Sunday to prevent Palestinians entering Egypt after Israel launched air strikes to destroy tunnels along the tense frontier.

"Dozens of civilians tried to break through the Barahma crossing after Israel launched air strikes along the Gaza-Egypt border. They were repelled by Egyptian police firing in the air," the official said.

Some Palestinians managed to climb over the border wall into Egypt, with riot police reinforcements being sent to the frontier on the second day of Israel's assault on the Gaza Strip that has killed more than 280 people.

Reuters correspondent Yusri Mohamed said he had met several Palestinians on the Egyptian side of the border and they told him they had slipped across at holes in the border wall.

It was not immediately clear how the holes appeared in the wall but the exodus began within an hour of Israeli air raids aimed at tunnels along the Egyptian border.

Bursts of gunfire were audible by telephone from Rafah as the Egyptian police tried to frighten the Palestinians off. Gaza hospitals said they were treating 10 people wounded by Egyptian police shooting at Rafah.

Egypt has been cooperating with Israel for months in the blockade of Gaza, severely restricting the flow of goods and people across the Rafah crossing, Gaza's only access point which is not under direct Israeli occupation.

Egypt reopened the main crossing point on Sunday to let out some of the Palestinians injured in two days of Israeli attacks which have killed nearly 290 people.

In January, tens of thousands of Palestinians crossed the border into Egypt after Hamas blew down the wall.


Agencies
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