Egyptians building Gaza barrier come under fire

Last Updated: Saturday, December 19, 2009 - 20:34

Gaza City: Security officials say shots have
been fired from Gaza at Egyptians installing an underground
metal barrier meant to seal border smuggling tunnels.

Palestinian and Egyptian officials say the shots were
fired this morning, but that no one was hurt. They spoke on
condition of anonymity because they aren`t allowed to speak to

This is the fourth shooting incident since workers began
building the barrier several weeks ago. The construction
tightens a blockade imposed on Gaza after the militant group
Hamas seized power in 2007.

The barrier has also worsened relations between Egypt and
Hamas, which relies on the tunnels to haul in most commercial
goods, as well as weapons.


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First Published: Saturday, December 19, 2009 - 20:34

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