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Wednesday, September 14, 2005
  Ready for statehood: Gunmen storm rally
Hamas Activist Disrupts Palestinian Rally: "A Palestinian rally to celebrate Israel's pullout from Gaza ended in chaos Wednesday when a Hamas activist grabbed a microphone from a rap singer. Police firing in the air escorted the singer away.

No one was hurt and the small crowd of about 2,500 people dispersed quickly. The rally was billed as a show of Palestinian unity, but most factions stayed away and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas canceled his appearance.

Meanwhile, in Rafah, scores of Palestinians continued crossing from the Gaza Strip into Egypt Wednesday evening, despite the passing of a Palestinian-set deadline aimed at closing the border.

Palestinian officials had warned that passport controls would be reimposed at the border by sunset, after Egyptian border guards discovered the weapons-smuggling tunnel in the al-Duhniya area, 2 1/2 miles south of the Rafah crossing point.

After the 6 p.m. deadline, groups of people continued to scale a high wall separating Egypt from Gaza and taxis full of Palestinians continued heading toward the Egyptian coastal town of el-Arish, about 25 miles to the west.

It was unclear if Palestinians were planning to enforce the deadline later Wednesday evening."
 
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