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Official: Man killed, 2 injured in Rafah tunnel collapse
Published Wednesday 26/09/2012 (updated) 26/09/2012 22:00
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Medics say over 160 Palestinians have died in the network of
underground tunnels since Israel imposed a siege on the Gaza
Strip in 2006.
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A man was killed and two others injured when a smuggling tunnel under the Gaza-Egypt border collapsed on Wednesday, medical officials said.

Suleiman Ramadan al-Masri, 20, died and two men were moderately wounded when the Rafah tunnel collapsed, spokesman of Gaza health ministry Ashraf al-Qidra told Ma'an.

Both injured men were transferred to hospital.

Last Saturday, Muhammad Ramadan Abu Armaneh, 33, died when a Rafah tunnel collapsed on him. In early September, Talib Udwan, 24, was killed in a similar incident.

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

Egypt started closing the tunnels after an Aug. 5 attack in Sinai when gunmen killed 16 Egyptian soldiers. Egypt suspects the tunnels were used by some of the militants. Hamas says no-one from Gaza was involved in the attack.

Maher Al-Tabbaa, a Gaza-based economist, said last week that 30 percent of Gaza's goods come from the tunnels. Tunnelers say 80 percent of food sold in Gaza comes through the tunnels.

"If tunnels are closed there will be a complete collapse in Gaza. It would suffer an economic catastrophe," he said.

The tunnels have been used to import anything from food to construction materials, fuel and cars, and militants have also used them to import munitions used to attack Israel, which has targeted some of the tunnels with air strikes.
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1 ) the main BENEFICIARY from / tunnels is HAMAS
26/09/2012 09:47
who gets TAX for every item that goes thru a tunnel tunnels===CORRUPTION!

2 ) Robby / USA
26/09/2012 15:47
1 ) the main BENEFICIARY from / tunnels is HAMAS - yep! And it should be their responsibility to inspect them for peoples safety.

3 ) Bemused / New Zealand
26/09/2012 19:03
Israel collects Palestinian taxes and doesn't hand them over, maintains an illegal siege so Gaza can't have a functioning economy, and with the complicity of the UN, ensures there is almost 50% unemployment. Hamas uses its taxes to subsidise petrol, provide employment, security, and as much health and education as possible, at the same time as trying to reconstruct infrastructure and homes destroyed by Israel. At least Gazans, not Israelis, benefit from the taxes Hamas collects!

4 ) Lilith / The World
27/09/2012 11:22
Bemused / NZ please don't tell me you believe what you just wrote. Spare me. Gaza has a thriving economy.Luxury Hotels, water parks, shopping centres, high rise building even a night club. Search it all
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