40 Fatah men cross into Egypt, fleeing Gaza fighting

RAFAH, Egypt, June 13 (Reuters) – About 40 Palestinian security men affiliated to Fatah fled to Egypt on Wednesday to escape violence in the Gaza Strip while dozens of Palestinians massed at the closed border, Egyptian officials said.The Egyptian border and security officials said the security men, members of Palestinian Preventive Security forces who work to provide security on the Palestinian side of the border, were in custody of Egyptian security forces. 

But Palestinian civilians were not able to cross the border, which has been closed for several days, the officials said. 

At least 65 Palestinians have been confirmed killed since Saturday in the fiercest internal violence in months between the Islamist Hamas movement and Fatah, with no end in sight after a series of failed Egyptian-brokered truces.

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