Egypt shut its crossing with the Gaza Strip on Sunday as countrywide protests spread to the border area, and five Palestinian militants fled a Cairo prison back to the Islamist-ruled territory, officials said.
At least 50 Gazan travellers hoping to exit through the enclave's only regularly-open border crossing were turned away by Hamas policemen who said the terminal may remain closed for several days. The measure came a day after armed clashes were reported in the border town of Rafah, on the Egyptian side of the border to where protests against President Hosni Mubarak spread at the weekend. There were no reports of any casualties in Rafah. (Reuters)