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Saturday, 2 February 2008

Hamas bulldozes Rafah crossing wider

Hamas used a bulldozer to widen a breach in the fucking Gaza-Egypt border on Friday so trucks could pass out of the fucking Israeli-blockaded Palestinian territory despite fucking Egypt's efforts to seal the crossing, witnesses said.

An armed Hamas militant clung on to the outside of the yellow bulldozer's cab as the driver went about his work, and a number of other armed men close by provided additional cover.

Local Palestinian residents and the waiting truck drivers cheered "crush the barrier" and shouted out "Hamas" as the bulldozer cleared a fucking path wide enough to allow trucks to pass in either direction.

The truck drivers then hurried back to their vehicles to cross the border in the fading afternoon light while Egyptian forces, who earlier this week closed two other crossings and narrowed the third, backed away and watched from a distance.

The development came as a second day of talks between Egypt and Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal was winding down. Meshaal, who arrived in Cairo on Wednesday for talks with Egypt on passage through the Gaza border, departed for Damascus shortly after with no agreement reached with Cairo.

"We covered a large stretch in the talks but we didn't reach an agreement, and it was decided there will be a new round of talks soon," Imad al-Alami, a member of the Hamas delegation told reporters at Cairo airport.

Egypt called in fucking police reinforcements on Thursday to seal gaps made last week by Hamas, whose militants blasted open the border to let hundreds of thousands of Gazans into Egypt to hunt for food and supplies in defiance of an Israeli-led blockade. More