A Palestinian student walks past a mural depicting late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat (r) and late Hamas spiritual leader Ahmed Yassin, in Gaza City. Swiss scientists who conducted tests on the remains of Yasser Arafat, whose widow Suha says he was poisoned by radioactive polonium, on Thursday gave a news conference on their findings.
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A tunnel worker ascends on a rope inside a smuggling tunnel dug beneath the Gaza-Egypt border in the southern Gaza Strip. Hamas is struggling to meet its payroll in the Gaza Strip, where income from taxes has been badly hit since neighbouring Egypt started destroying a network of tunnels used to smuggle food, fuel and weapons into the Islamist-run enclave.
Armed Palestinian Hamas security forces patrol the streets of Gaza City. Egypt’s foreign minister Nabil Fahmy warned Hamas of a “harsh response” if the Palestinian Islamist movement that rules the neighbouring Gaza Strip were to threaten Egypt’s national security.
Palestinian women supporters of Hamas chant slogans during a demonstration calling to reopen the Rafah border crossing in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip