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Rafah residents forced to leave their homes

In an exclusive report, Al-Monitor witnessed the evacuation of Palestinians from their homes in Rafah.

RAFAH, Egypt — Residents living along the border with the Gaza Strip were seen evacuating their homes, after the Egyptian government ordered them out, giving a 48-hour ultimatum. This decision by the authorities aims at establishing a buffer zone.

Although army forces increased the number of checkpoints along the road leading to Rafah in a bid to bottleneck the movement of journalists, Al-Monitor — after great difficulty — arrived in the border area.

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