Flood of people head into Gaza

Palestinians enter from Egypt after border gate is blown up.

pa police gaza 298 88 (photo credit: AP)
pa police gaza 298 88
(photo credit: AP)
Palestinian operatives forced open a border gate between Egypt and Gaza on Friday, wounding an Egyptian officer before letting hundreds of people who had been trapped on the Egyptian side of the border to get into Gaza. Armed operatives stood by as people carrying suitcases crossed into Gaza. Some walked through on crutches while others walked or ran through the gate. Egyptian police Capt. Mohammed Abdel Hadi said masked Palestinian fighters firing guns broke into the Egyptian side of the Rafah border crossing, clearing the way for the trapped Gazans. One Egyptian border policeman was wounded when the gunmen stormed the border, said Abdel Hadi, who heads police on the Egyptian side of Rafah. The border, Gaza's main gateway to the outside world, has largely been closed since June 25 when Palestinian terror groups carried out a cross-border raid on a military outpost, killing two Israeli soldiers and kidnapping one. Hundreds of people have been stranded on the Egyptian side of the border, unable to get to their homes in Gaza. Rafah's closure left hundreds of Palestinians who work and study in Egypt stranded, while preventing hundreds of others from leaving the coastal area to receive medical treatment abroad.