In the wake of yesterday's attack on Egyptian guards in the Sinai, Gaza's border crossings with Israel and Egypt, as well as smuggling tunnels, have been shut down.
Gaza City, Gaza
Although Islamic militant group Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip, has strongly condemned the killing of Egyptian guards at the border with Israel and Gaza yesterday, many Palestinians in the enclave still blame the group for not doing enough to exert control over the border.
Gunmen disguised as Bedouins attacked an Egyptian border post yesterday, killing at least 16 guards and soldiers. The attackers then hijacked two armored vehicles and stormed the border with Israel. One was destroyed by Israeli attack helicopters, while the other exploded when it came into contact with an evacuated Israeli border post, but several of the gunmen remain at large
The incident could strain the relationship between Egypt's newly empowered Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas, an offshoot of the Egyptian Islamist group, if it turns out that the gunmen came from Gaza as Egyptian officials have alleged.
Israel and Egypt have closed their official border crossings with Gaza until further notice, and Egyptian and Hamas officials have shut down the hundreds of tunnels that are used to smuggle food, fuel, and construction materials to the Israel-blockaded seaside territory because Egypt believes that the gunmen tried to escape into Gaza through them.