GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - The Gaza Strip has erupted in celebrations following news that the Muslim Brotherhood candidate has won the Egyptian presidency.
People are pouring into Gaza City's streets in joy, gunmen are firing automatic weapons in the air, and mosque loudspeakers are ringing with prayers and praise to God. People are handing out candy on street corners.
Gaza is ruled by the Islamic group Hamas, a local offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood that draws inspiration from the Egyptian organization.
Egypt's ousted president, Hosni Mubarak, collaborated with Israel in a blockade of Gaza. Residents here are optimistic that the new Egyptian leader, Mohammed Morsi, will improve relations with the impoverished Palestinian territory.
Gaza has a 15-kilometer (9-mile) border with Egypt's Sinai desert and one official border crossing between the two.