Palestinian gunmen and Egyptian forces exchanged fire at Gaza Strip's border with Egypt on Monday and a Palestinian civilian died in the fighting, medical workers said. According to Reuters, two members of the Egyptian forces and four Palestinians were hurt in the clash, which erupted a day after Cairo closed the breached frontier.
The fighting started after Egyptian security men stopped the flow of people trying to go back home and the crowd responded with stone-throwing, drawing smoke grenades from the Egyptians as gunfire rang out, locals said. At least one person, a Palestinian civilian, was killed, said medical workers at the scene.
Medical sources at the Rafah hospital said 17 policemen were treated for smoke inhalation and two for head and foot wounds caused by stones thrown at them. Egyptian security officials said Palestinians also threw petrol bombs at the police and border guards and at the border wall separating Egypt and the Gaza Strip.