Britain May Send "Third Party" Monitors to Gaza-Egypt Border Crossing

(Telegraph-UK) Tim Butcher - Under a secret plan, accepted in principle by Israeli Prime Minister Sharon, security and customs officials from Canada as well as Britain and other European nations would be sent to monitor the border crossing between Gaza and Egypt. This would be the first time that Israel has allowed another country to take responsibility for security matters. The job of the British experts will be to scrutinize the security screening procedures by both Egyptian and Palestinian sides at Rafah to ensure no weapons or terrorists are allowed to enter Gaza. This "third party'' scrutiny of the border crossing's security arrangements satisfies the Israeli authorities who are anxious that Gaza does not morph into a giant terror headquarters for operations against them.

2005-09-13 00:00:00

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