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Egypt to begin historic Gaza border deployment next week

Egypt is to start deploying guards to its border with the Gaza Strip in the middle of next week as Israel begins its withdrawal from the territory, a senior police officer told AFP in the frontier town of Rafah. The lightly armed guards are to take up positions along the 12 kilometre (eight mile) long buffer zone known by Israel as the Philadelphi Corridor, the officer said asking not be identified. Initially Israel had declined to leave the buffer zone along with the rest of the Gaza Strip because of fears of arms smuggling by Palestinian militants but defence chiefs later relented on condition Egypt took responsibility.Full Story

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