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November 26, 2005 | Laura King and Fayed abu Shammalah, Special to The Times
With heartfelt cheers from onlookers and the symbolic snipping of a ribbon, the Palestinian Authority on Friday assumed authority for the first time over an international frontier, between Egypt and the Gaza Strip. The formal inauguration of the refurbished Rafah crossing, which is to open to travelers today, was hailed by Palestinians for serving not only as a crucial link to the outside world but also as an emblem of statehood aspirations.
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November 26, 2005 | Laura King and Fayed abu Shammalah, Special to The Times
With heartfelt cheers from onlookers and the symbolic snipping of a ribbon, the Palestinian Authority on Friday assumed authority for the first time over an international frontier, between Egypt and the Gaza Strip. The formal inauguration of the refurbished Rafah crossing, which is to open to travelers today, was hailed by Palestinians for serving not only as a crucial link to the outside world but also as an emblem of statehood aspirations.
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November 22, 2012 | By Edmund Sanders
RAFAH, Gaza Strip - As the truce between Israel and Hamas appeared to be enduring through its first 24 hours, Gazans spent Thursday sweeping up, digging out and looking forward. Hamas declared a public holiday, but most shops and many businesses opened their doors. Israeli warships were replaced on the horizon with Palestinian fishing boats for the first time in a week. Having endured many conflicts, it's a day-after drill Gazans know well. Residents who sought shelter in United Nations schools went home.
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May 11, 1994 | KIM MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Even as the first contingent of Palestinian police crossed into the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, the Palestine Liberation Organization faced a crisis in naming its new Palestinian Authority, which will preside over autonomy in Gaza and Jericho until elections this fall. Key PLO officials say PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat has been repeatedly rebuffed by Palestinian leaders in the occupied territories as he tries to set up the 24-member governing council.
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November 22, 2012 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
RAFAH, Gaza Strip - Seated on a muddy hill, Sulieman Masri glumly scanned the giant crater that was once a smuggling tunnel used to support his family. After the Israeli airstrikes of the last week, Thursday morning was the first safe time to venture out. He discovered his tunnel was among 140 Israel destroyed. Now it's now a massive sand pit coated with gray explosives residue. It would take two months to rebuild at the cost of $20,000. "But I've heard that they are going to open the borders, which could put the tunnels out of business," he said.
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October 18, 2011 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
The day was a jarring reminder that for those whose lives have been torn apart by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, elation on one side often equates with anguish on the other. "It's a day of victory and pride to have my son back in my lap!" cried Umm Khalid, who embraced her son Fouad Abu Amrin, 39, for the first time in 15 years as he stepped off a prison bus at the Rafah crossing in the Gaza Strip. Older and grayer than the 20-year-old who was sentenced to life in prison for murder, Abu Amrin was one of 477 Palestinian convicts released Tuesday in the first step of a 1,027-for-1 exchange for kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.
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December 7, 2012 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
RAFAH, Gaza Strip - Exiled Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal set foot in the Gaza Strip for the first time Friday, emerging from the Egyptian border with his hand over his heart and telling jubilant supporters that his visit marked a new era in the pursuit of Palestinian independence. Though Meshaal has led the Islamist militant group since 2004, traveling to its Gaza-based home was unthinkable just a month ago because of fear that Israel might assassinate him as it did his two predecessors.
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March 4, 2002 | MARY CURTIUS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Anguished mourners buried seven members of the Nehmad family here Sunday, including three children, as the government of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon launched retaliatory airstrikes for a string of attacks that killed 21 Israelis over the weekend. "The man who did this is not a human being. He is an animal," Rishon Mayor Meir Nitzan cried out in a eulogy delivered before 3,000 people at the town's cemetery.
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