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Group threatens to shell Rafah crossing, abduct Egyptian soldiers

Sept. 23, 2008 2:04 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 23, 2008 2:04 P.M.)
Gaza - Ma'an - An unnamed group threatened to shell Rafah crossing on Tuesday if Egyptian authorities continue closing it to Palestinian travelers.

A statement was released saying that "the crossing will be our target and we advice Palestinian policemen not to stand against us." There was no indication as to what sort of affiliation the group has.

The statement threatened the abduction of Egyptian soldiers and intelligence members and noted that "they will not be released unless Palestinian detainees in Egyptian prisons are released."

The statement accused Egyptian security personnel of harassing women at the Rafah crossing when it was opened on Saturday and Sunday, and threatened them with execution.

The de facto government has also called for ending relations with Egypt and not going to Cairo for unity talks until Egypt pledges to open the crossing for patients and students.
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