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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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