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Gazans make new border wall hole
Friday, January 25, 2008 : Palestinians bulldoze a new hole in the Gaza-Egypt border wall, in spite of Egyptian attempts to reseal it.
Guards with riot shields stood by as Palestinians swarmed through the newly-demolished concrete barrier.
Hundreds of thousands have surged into Egypt to buy supplies since the first breaches were made on Wednesday.
Egypt earlier said it was closing the border and had sent in extra troops to drive back the Palestinians.
The Islamist movement Hamas, which controls Gaza, said it supported Egypt's decision to close the border.
Israel has demanded Egypt take action, as it is worried about arms smuggling.
The UN has estimated that as much as half of Gaza's 1.5 million population has crossed the border in defiance of the Israeli blockade imposed in retaliation for rocket attacks.
The large yellow bulldozer was driven to the border from the Gaza side, ploughing headlong into the border fence.
The BBC's Ian Pannell at the border says Egyptian security forces seem to have given up their efforts to stop the Palestinians streaming through.Read More
Friday, January 25, 2008 : Gazans defy Egypt closure deadline with new border breaches.
Egyptian guards with riot shields have formed human chains along the Egypt-Gaza border, but were unable to stop hundreds of Palestinians from rushing into Egypt after a bulldozer wrecked another section of fence along the frontier.
Men in black clothing, some of them masked, stood atop the bulldozer as it knocked down a concrete slab on Friday under the watchful eyes of Egyptian forces on the other side who shot in the air in an attempt to hinder the flow of Gazans into Egypt.
Thousands of Palestinians, many of them carrying empty fuel canisters, managed to push through several openings despite the presence of the Egyptians deployed nine rows deep in some places.
At one point, guards aimed a water cannon above the heads of people, not at them, to keep them back.Read More