Egypt has agreed to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's plan whereby PA security forces would assume responsibility for the Gaza-Egypt border crossing, Reuters quoted Palestinian and Egyptian officials as saying Sunday.The reported deal would denote that Egypt has rejected Hamas proposal to control the crossing.PA Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki was quoted as saying that "it has been agreed with Egypt that the border crisis will be solved through the agreement signed in 2005, whereby PA security forces will control the Rafah border crossing."Nevertheless, Israel denied that any such deal had been reached.Following a meeting with PA Prime Minister Salaam Fayad, Aboul Gheit merely said that "Egypt will take necessary actions and measures to control the border in Gaza soon," without elaborating.Overnight Saturday, Egyptian security forces caught 20 Palestinians in Sinai in possession of explosives and electronic devices which would have enabled them to listen in to the Egyptian forces' communications networks.The discovery came the night after Egypt's attempts to reseal its border with the Gaza Strip failed, as tens of thousands of Palestinians continued to pour into Sinai for the fourth consecutive day.
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