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Gaza crossing briefly reopens

March 19, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Egypt has opened its border crossing with the Gaza Strip for the second time in two months to allow medical aid and Palestinians to enter the coastal territory.

Border official Ghazi Hamad said more than 40 trucks carrying medicine and mineral water had crossed into Gaza so far. He said 120 Palestinians who were stranded in Egypt were also able to cross. The border was to remain open until today.

Egypt has largely kept the crossing closed since the Islamic militant group Hamas took over the strip in June 2007. Egypt, which has waged its own battle with Islamic militants at home, is wary of Hamas' rule in the neighboring territory.

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