A Palestinian boy holds a baby as they wait to cross while fleeing to the Israeli side of the Erez Crossing


Date: 06-19-2007
Agency: AP


A Palestinian boy holds a baby as they wait to cross while fleeing to the Israeli side of the Erez Crossing

A Palestinian boy holds a baby as they wait to cross while fleeing to the Israeli side of the Erez Crossing, in the northern Gaza Strip,Tuesday, June 19, 2007. Hundreds of terrified Gazans fleeing Hamas rule were trapped at a main crossing with Israel on Tuesday, hoping to gain permission to pass through Israeli territory to sanctuary in the West Bank. Fearing death or persecution, Gazans began flocking to the Erez passage after Hamas militants wrested control of the coastal strip from Fatah security forces late last week. Israel, which has no interest in letting masses of Gazans pass through its territory and possibly destabilize the quieter West Bank, has refused to let most of them in, saying their lives were not in danger. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)


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