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U.S. will lift embargo to aid Abbas
Hamas has not explained how it would run Gaza without foreign support or contact with the outside world. Israel controls Gaza’s borders, wielding tremendous influence over the movement of people and goods in and out of the area.
Signs of panic were emerging. One Gaza City baker distributed tickets to those lined up for bread. Sarifa Hadad, a mother of seven, bought $40 worth of food, including tomato paste and shortening, and was going from store to store to buy more. “They say the borders are going to be closed, so we are searching for sugar and supplies,” she said.
Israel eventually will allow basic supplies into Gaza to prevent a humanitarian disaster, said Public Security Minister Avi Dichter. However, he said, Israel would consider Gaza a “terrorist entity” and try to cut off its weapons supply. He said this cutoff might require an Israeli deployment along Gaza’s border with Egypt, to halt smuggling.
Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005, ending a 38-year military occupation.
Dozens of Gazans, meanwhile, converged on the Erez crossing with Israel in hopes of fleeing. One man was carried on top of a luggage trolley with his leg bandaged. Hassan, 21, a presidential guard trainee, said he was shot in the fighting. He gave only his first name because he was afraid of retribution.
About 150 waited at the gate separating Gaza from Israel. Some carried large suitcases, others held tiny plastic bags. One young man shouted, “Bye, bye, Gaza,” and waved as he walked through the covered walkway that leads to the Israeli side.
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