Egypt starts work on Gaza buffer after bombing

People evacuate their homes as Egyptian security forces demolish buildings in Rafah near the border with southern Gaza on October 29, 2014Egypt began setting up a buffer zone along its border with the Gaza Strip on Wednesday to prevent militant infiltration and arms smuggling following a wave of deadly attacks. The move, which will see about 800 homes demolished, comes in the wake of a suicide bombing last Friday in the Sinai Peninsula bordering the Palestinian territory that killed at least 30 soldiers. Witnesses in the border town of Rafah reported seeing dozens of families leaving, along with trucks loaded with furniture. “We are for national and border security, but not at the cost of our homes and interests,” said Wissam al-Agha, a doctor in Rafah, whose house and land fall in the area demarcated for the zone.

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