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Last Updated: Friday, 21 January, 2005, 18:29 GMT
In pictures: Gaza deployment
Palestinian police officers attend a briefing from their commanding officer shortly before their deployment in the area around the village of Beit Lahiya, in the northern Gaza Strip.
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Up to 3,000 Palestinian personnel have taken up positions along the Gaza Strip.
Palestinian security forces deploy in Beit Lahia in the Gaza Strip.
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They will be trying to prevent rockets being fired across the border and inspecting vehicles heading for Israeli areas.
Newly deployed Palestinian policemen check a Palestinian taxi near the Erez crossing between Israel and the northern Gaza Strip.
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Palestinian policemen have already started checking vehicles heading towards Israeli areas.
Palestinian security officers march to their vehicles during the deployment of the forces in the area around Beit Lahiya, north of Gaza Strip.
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Armed officers in red berets are patrolling the border towns of Beit Lahiya and Beit Hanoun.
An Israeli tank driver salutes as he sits at a temporary army staging area near Kibbutz Mefalsim on the edge of the northern Gaza Strip .
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Israel has welcomed the measure as 'impressive'. Its soldiers patrolling the border are also relieved.
Palestinians cross from Egypt to the Gaza Strip town of Rafah.
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In a return gesture of goodwill, Israel has reopened the Rafah border crossing with Egypt.




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