Amazing sights from Gaza finally attracted attention from all three networks. The siege imposed on the strip by Israel since June was raised by a series of explosions that destroyed the massive wall Israel had built along the Egyptian border, allowing hundreds and thousands of Palestinians to stream into the markets of Rafah to supply themselves with goods deprived by Israel's blockade. From London, CBS' Richard Roth noted that Gaza's Hamas government had not itself razed the wall but had subsequently "provided bulldozers to clear a path" for the shoppers. NBC aired a report by Julian Manyon of London-based ITN, its newsgathering partner. Manyon demonstrated just how easy it was to cross no man's land to buy supplies. From Jerusalem ABC's Simon McGregor-Wood (embargoed link) judged that Israel's "strategy of isolating Hamas is in ruins" since, in Cairo, President Hosni Mubarak "seemed in no hurry" to reseal the border.
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