Palestinian security source in the Gaza Strip reported that hundreds of Palestinians struck at the Egyptian side of the Rafah border crossing since June 25 forced their way into the Palestinian areas after breaking through the Egyptian side without showing their passports.

Angry Palestinian gunmen detonated Friday a large explosive device in the Gaza-Egypt border wall in order to enable the Palestinians who are stuck on the Egyptian side of the Rafah crossing to pass into Gaza.

Several fighters detonated a large explosive device in the border Wall between Gaza and Egypt to enable the residents, stuck on the Egyptian side of the crossing to pass into Gaza, the Maan News Agency reported.
 
Maan added that the Palestinian national security forces have tried to prevent the gunmen detonating the border wall, confrontations between the two sides were reported.

Men, women and children stuck on the Egyptian side of the crossing were seen crossing into the Palestinian side of Rafah. Dozens crossed through holes in the Wall after the fighters detonated it.

On June 25 the border crossing, which was monitored by observers from the European Union, was closed after the observers left the area following an attack carried  by three resistance groups against the Kerem Shalom military post, east of the border crossing.

One soldier was captured, two other soldiers and two fighters were killed in the attack.

Under an agreement reached in November 2005, Palestinians cannot run the crossing without international observers.  The agreement was reached after talks conducted by the US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice with Israeli, Egyptian and Palestinian officials.

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