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In pictures: Gaza border break

Palestinians in Gaza cross the Rafah border into Egypt on 23 January 2008

Tens of thousands of Palestinians have poured into Egypt from Gaza, after militants blew holes in the border wall.

Palestinians in Gaza cross the Rafah border into Egypt on 23 January 2008

Egypt had been under pressure to let Palestinians cross since Israel sealed Gaza's crossing points last week.

Gaza border wall with Egypt on 23 January 2008

Some reports say two-thirds of the border wall were destroyed following explosions during the night.

Palestinians in Gaza cross the Rafah border into Egypt on 23 January 2008

Many Palestinians have taken the opportunity to stock up food, fuel and other supplies.

Palestinians in Gaza cross the Rafah border into Egypt on 23 January 2008

They walked unhindered over the toppled metal plates that made up the wall.

Palestinians in Gaza cross the Rafah border into Egypt on 23 January 2008

The militant group Hamas, which controls Gaza, had urged Egypt to open its border.

Palestinians in Gaza cross the Rafah border into Egypt on 23 January 2008

Egyptian border guards have so far taken no action to stop people streaming across, eyewitnesses said.





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