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Last Updated: Wednesday January 23 2008 13:47 GMT

In pictures: Gaza border break

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

Tens of thousands of Palestinians have been pouring into Egypt from Gaza, after parts of the border wall near the Rafah crossing were destroyed.

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

They are rushing to buy food, fuel and other supplies that are hard to get hold of since Israel closed its border with Gaza last week.

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

A group called Hamas, who run the Gaza Strip, had been urging Egypt to open its border.

Gaza border wall with Egypt on 23 January 2008

But now explosions overnight are thought to have wrecked up to two-thirds of the border wall.

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

So far, Egyptian border guards haven't tried to stop people crossing into their country.

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

Lots of Palestinians have taken the opportunity to stock up food, fuel and other essential supplies while they can.



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