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Gaza suspends tunnel work amid heavy rainfall
Published Friday 01/02/2013 (updated) 02/02/2013 16:08
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GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- The Gaza government announced Friday it has closed tunnels under Gaza's border with Egypt due to heavy rainfall in the area.

Gaza's border authority told Ma’an that the tunnels were shut on Thursday night, and will be opened again on Sunday.

During severe floods in January, at least three tunnel workers were killed after the structures collapsed around them.

A human rights group in Gaza urged the government to implement better safety measures and assess the benefits of the network as a whole, saying 232 people had been killed in collapsing tunnels.

The tunnel network developed as a vital source of goods under Israel's blockade of the coastal strip and Egyptian restrictions on the official Rafah crossing point.
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1 ) Dreckish / Turkey
01/02/2013 17:03
Does Maan News Agency know how many of 232 dead people were women and children?

2 ) Honor / France
01/02/2013 17:06
Gaza risks serious damage to its international reputation if it continues to violate its citizens' human rights, Human Rights Watch said last Thursday.

3 ) Lilith / The World
02/02/2013 13:13
A week or so back Hamas refused Israel sending goods into Gaza, because it was ruining their trade.

4 ) Lilith / The World
02/02/2013 13:20
Hamas’ Ministry of Economics announced this week its decision to ban the import of certain types of goods into Gaza through the Israeli crossings. The local population in Gaza expressed its dissatisfaction with the decision, especially since the Israeli products that enter Gaza are considered to be of much higher quality than the goods that are smuggled into Gaza from Egypt
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