Rebels clash with Sudanese mercenaries
BENGHAZI | Libyan rebels clashed Wednesday with Sudanese mercenaries fighting for Moammar Gadhafi near the border with Sudan.
A rebel commander in southeast Libya, Ahmed Zway, said rebel fighters had destroyed a weapons-laden vehicle belonging to a Sudanese mercenary force in clashes about 18 miles west of the southeast oasis of Kufra.
The rebels had surrounded and were trying to capture six other Sudanese vehicles mounted with heavy weapons, he said.
In previous clashes at the southern border, captured Sudanese mercenaries have said they belonged to the Darfur-based rebel group, the Justice and Equality Movement. It was not immediately known whether the mercenaries captured on Wednesday were members of JEM.
Col. Gadhafi has long provided arms, training and vehicles to various rebel groups in Sudan.
Egypt to open Rafah crossing
CAIRO | Egypt will open its only crossing with the Gaza Strip this weekend, the Cairo military government announced Wednesday, significantly easing a four-year blockade on the Hamas-ruled territory but setting up a potential conflict with Israel.
Israel’s crossings are more significant because they handle most cargo. A year ago, Israel significantly eased its restrictions on cargo entering Gaza, but it still severely limits entry and exit of Gazans through its northern crossing into Israel.
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