Palestinian children wait on a bus at the Erez crossing in Beit Hanoun in the north of Gaza before being prevented by Hamas from entering Israeli territory. (AFP/MAHMUD HAMS)
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Hamas Sunday prevented dozens of children orphaned during its 50-day war with Israel from entering Israeli territory in a pre-arranged trip, organizers and officials said.The weeklong visit was planned for 37 children whose parents were killed by Israel in the Gaza Strip in July and August this year. It was organized by an Israeli kibbutz group and local Arab-Israeli officials. The group had been due to visit several Israeli kibbutzim close to the Gaza Strip and travel to Ramallah in the occupied West Bank to meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Marshak said.In a separate incident at the Erez crossing, three Palestinians were slightly wounded by Israeli fire during clashes, according to the Health Ministry in Gaza.The Erez crossing was later closed from Gaza into Israel, but remained partially opened in the other direction, the Israeli and Palestinian sources said.
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