Egypt Opens Crossing So Palestinians Can Return

January 3, 2008

Author: Ellen Knickmeyer and Glenn Kessler

Source: Washington Post

Egypt opened its main crossing into the Gaza Strip on Wednesday to allow more than 2,000 Palestinian pilgrims -- including at least one official of the armed Hamas movement -- to return to their homes there, outraging Israel in a growing dispute over border security.

The return followed a month of increasingly bitter words between the two neighbors over Egypt's policing of its border with Gaza, which Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni last month described as "terrible."