Abbas orders closure of West Bank to Gaza refugees, including his own Fatah and presidential guard members

DEBKAfile Intelligence

June 20, 2007

Tired of waiting to be rescued, many of the refugees stranded at the Erez crossing from Gaza to Israel since the ended of the fighting returned Wednesday to their homes in Gaza. Most of the injured and sick have been evacuated to Israeli hospitals. Egypt has augmented its security forces on Gaza’s southern border to seal it against refugees.

DEBKAfile reports: Earlier this week, Palestinian Authority VIPs and their families were evacuated from Gaza to Ramallah. The Russian embassy in Tel Aviv Wednesday organized the evacuation of 200 Russian and Ukrainian wives of Gazan men.