Egyptian security guards have fired into the air and used water cannon to drive back Palestinian women who tried to surge across the border from Gaza.
Hundreds of Palestinians demanded the Rafah crossing to Egypt be reopened for vital supplies that are scarce because of Israel's blockade of Gaza.
A number of people were injured, mostly in scuffles, but several were seriously hurt, according to reports.
It came as Israel eased a four-day Gaza lockdown by allowing fuel deliveries.
The UN Security Council met in an emergency session on Tuesday to discuss Gaza.
As the 15-member body met in New York, Israel said its discussions were one-sided.
Its foreign ministry said in a statement: "We can't tolerate a situation where the Security Council debates only the situation of residents in the Gaza Strip and completely ignores that of Israelis living under t
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