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Medics: 3 Palestinians die in Rafah smuggling tunnel
Published Tuesday 27/09/2011 (updated) 28/09/2011 19:09
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Palestinian security personnel prepare to seal a tunnel, used to smuggle
arms, during an operation on the border between Egypt and the southern
Gaza (MaanImages/Hatem Omar)
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- Three Palestinians were pronounced dead on Tuesday morning after Egyptian authorities pumped sewage inside a smuggling tunnel under the Gaza border on Sunday.

The ambulance and emergency services committee in Gaza said the three victims were found alive inside the tunnel. They were evacuated to the Abu Yousef an-Najjar Hospital in Rafah but were pronounced dead 30 minutes after arrival.

Gaza medical spokesman Adham Abu Salmiya identified the victims as Fadi Mustafa Ash-Shaer, 20, Firas Ahmad, 18, and Anwar Abu Aradeh, 25.

They were all residents of al-Salam neighborhood in Rafah in southern Gaza, Abu Salmiya said.

Medics had said Sunday that one man was injured and two others were missing after Egyptian authorities pumped sewage inside a Rafah smuggling tunnel running underneath the border with the Gaza Strip.

Egyptian security officials said in early September that they were cracking down on the network of tunnels used by smugglers from the coastal enclave.

Including Tuesday's victims, eight Palestinians have been killed while working in tunnels in September. Five Palestinians were killed in three separate tunnel collapses earlier this month.

Medics say over 160 Palestinians have died in the network of underground tunnels since Israel imposed a siege on the Gaza Strip in 2006.

Under Israel's crippling blockade, the tunnels have provided a lifeline for residents of the coastal enclave.

Egypt opened the Rafah crossing in May, the only border terminal not controlled by Israel.

The opening allowed some residents to leave the coastal enclave for the first time in years, but the terminal is not equipped for the transfer of goods and it has had little impact on Israel's siege.
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1 ) Mel / Gaza
27/09/2011 16:14
Sewage! That's just despicable. Shame on you Egypt!

2 ) Christopher / USA
27/09/2011 16:45
Oh, I'm sure the Egyptian people will be just /thrilled/ as news of what their government is still doing hits the news.

3 ) Robby / USA
27/09/2011 17:06
Doesn't say if they pump the waster water into the tunnel intentionally or not.

4 ) Carlos / USA
27/09/2011 19:27
Open Rafah completely or stop destroying tunnels. SCAF is part of the repression of Egyptians and Palestinians. One must remember many Gazans were originally Egyptians. So many refugees made Gaza thier home Egypt gave Gaza to Palestine.

5 ) southparkbear / usa
27/09/2011 20:14
Robby, don't be naive. of course it was. what's a little sewage between brothers

6 ) Malone / Hfx
28/09/2011 00:03
Whatever works suits me.

7 ) southparkbear / usa
28/09/2011 01:31
christopher please don't shatter the egyptian people belief in their humaniterian army

8 ) Christopher / USA
28/09/2011 02:04
That's like arguing if Nazis starved Jews in concentration camps "intentionally" or not, Robby. Disgusting.

9 ) Colin Wright / USA
28/09/2011 03:52
Pretty hard to get under Israel's bar -- but I think Egypt has just done it. Those people need to run their revolution again. No matter how much money we give them.

10 ) Salma / Palestine
28/09/2011 10:16
shame on you Marshal Tantawy!

11 ) Davey Jones / Australia
28/09/2011 15:48
"Crippling Blockade" ? Artistic license or downright lie? Gaza has so much produce it was even talking about sending aid overseas 2 weeks ago. If you need to demonise Israel then at least use something that is real or the whole article loses credibility.

12 ) Mel / Gaza
28/09/2011 18:05
@Davey Jones. I suggest you come here to have a look yourself. That is if you can make it through the blockade in Egypt! Try it yourself! And yes we have sent aid to Somalia. Believe it or not even in these harsh conditions we are trying to help our brothers and sisters, even if it is just little.
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