Fatah fighters enter Egypt fleeing Hamas attacks

June 15, 2007 00:27

Close to 100 armed Palestinians from Fatah crossed into Egypt from the Gaza Strip Thursday fleeing Hamas's military campaign, police said. The Fatah members, carrying AK-47 rifles, were received on the Egyptian side of the border in the town of Rafah by officials who had coordinated with the fighters prior to their arrival, said Capt. Mohammed Badr, a police officer in the northern Sinai Peninsula. Badr said the men would stay at a camp in Rafah used by the Egyptian central security forces. More than 200 Palestinians jammed on the Egyptian side of the Rafah border crossing Thursday, including women and children, crying and begging for the Egyptian authorities to let them enter Gaza. But they were not allowed to cross.

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