Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Reporters on the Job

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Reporters on the Job

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* Escaping Gaza: Staff writer Jill Carroll was a little surprised by how nonchalant the Egyptian farmer was when the bomb went off. She was interviewing him about conditions at the border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt (see story). "I heard the explosion, then we saw Palestinian kids a couple of hundred yards away running through a hole in the metal wall. Based on his reaction, apparently such an event is not that unusual," she says. The boys ran into the no man's land between the wall that runs toward the Mediterranean Sea. Only a barbed-wire fence stood between them and Egypt. "The farmer told me that sometimes they carry fence cutters and get all the way through. Security is pretty light here. I just saw one guy at the crossing."

Jill was a few miles northwest of the main border crossing at Rafah. This was an old crossing gate, with much less security. "I only saw one guy on guard," she says. She and her interpreter went to this area, rather than the Rafah crossing, because she was trying to gauge whether Palestinians were trying to get out of Gaza. …

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