The Gaza Siege Breaks

The siege of Gaza, imposed by Israel after Hamas seized the Palestinian territory last July, ended abruptly before dawn on Jan. 23 when militants blew holes in a border wall and over 350,000 Palestinians swarmed into Egypt.

Some Palestinians craved food—goats were a hot item for purchase on the Egyptian side—and medicine because Israel had blocked all but basic "humanitarian aid" from Gaza. Businessmen and students streamed over, as did scores of brides-to-be, caught on the Egyptian side, who scurried across to be united with their future bridegrooms in Gaza. And some, like teacher Abu Bakr, stepped through a blast hole...

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