Egypt abruptly lets about 100 stranded Palestinians return to Gaza

September 30, 2007 04:40

Egypt abruptly allowed about 100 Palestinians who had been stranded in Egypt since Hamas seized the Gaza Strip in mid-June to return home before dawn on Sunday, witnesses said. Most were supporters of Hamas or gunmen from other factions wanted by Israel, they said. Israel had opposed the return of the group, and it was not immediately clear why Egypt allowed them to cross into Gaza at this time. There was no advance announcement and Hamas security officials confiscated film from photographers and cameramen alerted to the scene.

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