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Egypt arrests 17 Palestinians fleeing Gaza war
Palestinians reportedly entered North Sinai through cross-border tunnels with plans to travel to Alexandria and then Europe
Ahram Online , Sunday 17 Aug 2014
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Egyptian authorities said on Sunday that 17 Palestinians have been arrested while trying to illegally enter the country in attempts to flee ongoing violence in the Gaza Strip, state-run news agency MENA reported.

The Palestinians were arrested after they illegally reached the North Sinai border town of Al-Arish via underground tunnels with Gaza. They were headed to the Mediterranean city of Alexandria from where they intended to illegally cross to Europe, MENA said.

The densely-populated Palestinian territory has been devastated by a more than month-long assault by Israeli forces that has killed almost 2,000 Palestinians.

The United Nations said 425,000 of the strip's 1.8 million people have been displaced by the war.

Approximately 5 million Palestinian refugees live in UN-run camps in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Gaza and the West Bank after they or their families fled or were displaced during the 1948 war that saw Israel's founding.
 





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Salsabil Azmi, Cairo, Imbaba
18-08-2014 05:18pm
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Egypt should have killed these terrorists.
How else would Egypt obtain a certificate of good conduct from Israel and U.S. Congress?
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Catherine
18-08-2014 02:47pm
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Egypt's inaction
Why do the Egyptians not permit Gazan civilians to seek refuge - at least temporarily - in Sinai? In every other middle eastern war, civilian casualties are deflected because families in danger zones flee to refugee camps across the border. Why does Egypt not permit women, children and old people to camp out on their side of Rafah while Hamas and the IDF fight? No one ever discusses this. Why not? It would help Egypt's image, and it would help their political a of the destruction of Hamas, since Israel's hands would be less tied by human shields. It would also theoretically help Hamas (who CLAIM to not want the death of Palestinian kids). And it would certainly help té civilians of Gaza.
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Jeffrey E. Salzberg
18-08-2014 12:48am
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Israel's founding, and Palestine's as well
In November of 1947, the UN voted to create Israel, on land that was majority Jewish, and Palestine, on land that was majority Arab. All the Arabs had to do in order to have their second homeland was...nothing. Instead, they opted to go for all or nothing. It's hardly Israel's fault that they got the latter.
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Yasmina
17-08-2014 10:45pm
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If they are not a security threat to Egypt
why can't they be allowed to go on their way? They live a terrible life in Gaza. If they can get to a better life somewhere else they should be allowed to. Gaza under Hamas and with Israeli restrictions is another word for hell.
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Ahmed Hamdi, Cairo
18-08-2014 05:25pm
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Israel represents the Nazis of our time
Not restrictions....Israel is waging holocaust on the people of Gaza. Hamas kills Israeli soldiers, or Jewish Gestapo, but Israel bombs civilian homes and hospitals, and colleges and mosques. Israel represents the Nazis of our time.

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