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Palestinians prepare to travel to Egypt through the Rafah border crossing in the southern Gaza Strip, in Gaza city on January 3, 2010. Israel has sealed Gaza off from all but vital humanitarian aid and has strictly limited movement into and out of the territory since Hamas seized power in June 2007. Egypt has largely complied with the restrictions, though it occasionally opens Rafah--the only Gaza crossing that bypasses Israel--to allow aid in and students and medical cases out. Photo By Abed Rahim Khatib