Egypt deports Palestinians as security situation worsens


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Egypt deports Palestinians as security situation worsens

Egypt has deported 350 Palestinians from the Sinai Peninsula to Gaza, PANA reported Tuesday. The deportations came as Egyptian police discovered hundreds of kilogrammes of explosives in the Sinai, suspected to have been used to carry out attacks on Egyptian soil. Egyptian security forces transported the Palestinians in bus loads across the border into Gaza. Earlier, police said they had arrested about 500 Palestinians who were under suspicion of planning “terrorist activities” in Egypt. The arrest was made amid allegations that Palestinian rockets damaged the Egypt’s side of the Rafah Border Crossing. The area around the border crossing has been under increased security since Palestinians blew open a hole in the border wall with Egypt 23 January in order to allow Gazans to enter Egypt and stock up on essential supplies cut off by Israel’s blockade of Gaza. The border was re-sealed two weeks after the incident, but Palestinian parties Hamas and Fatah continue to disagree over how the border should be maintained. As Egypt continues to clamp down on Palestinians within its own borders, Israel is continuing military action in southern Gaza. Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak and military sources have said the Jewish state is preparing for a wide-scale invasion of Gaza in order to oust Hamas.

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