Britain condemns Egypt border shooting

LONDON - Britain condemned Thursday the fatal shooting of an Egyptian policeman at the border with the Gaza Strip and deplored the violence "from all quarters."
The Egyptian policeman was killed in cross-border gunfire on Wednesday in the border town of Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip. The officer died during a Palestinian protest on the border, officials have said.

"The UK government condemns the shooting of an Egyptian border guard... and deplores the violence from all quarters," the Foreign Office said in a statement.
It also said it had raised with Egyptian authorities the issue of clashes on Tuesday between Egyptian police and pro-Palestinian activists trying to get a relief convoy into Gaza.
The fighting injured more than 50 people after activists from the Viva Palestina convoy broke down the gate at the Egyptian port of El-Arish, according to activists and medics.
Members of the convoy smashed through the gate in protest at an Egyptian decision to ship some of their goods through Israel.
The ministry added it had also expressed concern over reports that one or more British citizens may have been detained.

Friday, January 8th 2010

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