Egyptian border guards open fire to drive off Gaza protesters

January 22, 2008 13:49

Egyptian border guards fired in the air and used clubs and water cannon to drive back hundreds of Palestinian women who surged across the border from Gaza Tuesday in a protest to back their demands for the frontier to be opened for shipments of food and essential provisions, in short supply due to Israel's closure of its borders with the coastal strip. Eyewitnesses said 15 women injured in the scuffle with the Egyptians were taken from the Rafah border crossing by Palestinian ambulances. They said several thousand women carrying Hamas flags demonstrated at the Palestinian side of the crossing.

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