Gunfire broke out between Egyptians and Palestinians today that left one dead and 59 wounded at the Rafah border crossing, Reuters reports. The skirmish erupted after Egyptian security stopped Gazans from returning home through the recently breached border. Palestinians threw stones and Egyptians tossed smoke grenades before the shooting started. "People here are terrified because tear gas can cause children to suffocate," one Egyptian said.
One Palestinian civilian died, and 45 or more Egyptian police and Palestinians were wounded in the battle. Egypt has resealed the border, but is allowing Gazans and Egyptians to again return to their respective homes. Egypt agreed to further talks, but faces a double bind: US and Israeli pressure to stem Palestinian emigration, and opposition from other countries to Israel's Gaza blockade.