Egypt Opens Gaza Crossing

Sympathy move after Israeli attack on aid flotilla
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 1, 2010 9:48 AM CDT
Hamas security officers patrol on Gaza's seaport, Tuesday, June 1, 2010. Palestinians in Gaza declared a general strike and a day of wrath following Israel's deadly naval raid on an aid flotilla bound...   (Hatem Moussa)
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(Newser) – An Islamic militant group in the Gaza Strip says three of its members have been killed in an Israeli airstrike today in northern Gaza. The Iranian-backed Islamic Jihad says the fighters were killed shortly after firing rockets into southern Israel; Israeli authorities say the rockets landed in open areas and caused no injuries. Meanwhile, several thousand Gazans are making a furious rush to the Egyptian border, after Egypt announced that the border would be temporarily opened, a day after an Israeli naval raid killed nine pro-Palestinian activists sailing to Gaza.

Cars with suitcases piled on their roofs are streaming to the border, while many others, hoping to take advantage of a rare chance to escape the blockaded territory, are lugging overstaffed bags on foot. President Hosni Mubarak ordered the opening of the border crossing to Gaza in the town of Rafah for several days, the local governor says, to "alleviate the suffering of our Palestinian brothers after the Israeli attack" on the flotilla.

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