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Stuck in Gaza: After three days of reporting about Hamas for today's one-year-later story, correspondent Rafael Frankel planned to leave Gaza on Thursday afternoon. But his departure coincided with the start of Hamas's multifront attack on the Israeli border. A mortar struck the Erez crossing into Israel, damaging the terminal and causing Israel to shut the border even to journalists and aid workers.

After three days, the border was finally opened on Sunday morning, and Rafi drove back to Tel Aviv.

"In addition to extra reporting time, the last three days in Gaza gave me some perspective," he says. "When I told Israeli friends about being stuck in Gaza, they said Hamas should just stop shooting at Israel and the borders could open to everyone. But to Palestinians over the weekend, they said that now I had a taste, if even a small one, of what it feels like to be kept against one's will in the tiny coastal territory."

David Clark Scott

World editor

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