Fifteen policemen were injured in clashes with Bedouin near Egypt's border with the Gaza Strip on Nov. 11. The clashes came after police confiscated a storeroom full of supplies, including many tonnes of cement, the police said were bound for the Gaza Strip through smuggling tunnels under the divided town of Rafah. A crowd of Bedouin surrounded the police as they were leaving with the confiscated goods. A lucrative smuggling trade in basic commodities, drugs, weapons and livestock has taken root along the Egyptian-Gazan border since Israel and Egypt imposed a blockade on the Gaza Strip in 2007. Egypt periodically opens the border at Rafah to allow through humanitarian supplies, as well as students and medical patients. (DPA)

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