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A member of Hamas security forces stands guard of the Palestinian side of divided Rafah, in front of an Egyptian watchtower on the border with the southern Gaza Strip on December 21, 2009, while a few hundred Hamas supporters hold a rally in Rafah to protest Egypt's construction of an underground wall to stem smuggling to the besieged Gaza Strip territory Egypt has only implicitly confirmed the construction of the underground wall, which was first reported by Israeli media, saying it is aimed at protecting its territory from security threats. Photo by Abed Rahim Khatib