Egypt forces demolish smugglers' homes near Gaza border
Published Friday 23/08/2013 (updated) 24/08/2013 10:50
EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma'an) -- Egyptian security forces on Thursday demolished three homes belonging to Egyptian smugglers in Rafah near the Gaza border, a security source said.
Entrances to tunnels leading to the Gaza Strip were located in the homes, the official told Ma'an. They were also destroyed, he said.
Forces arrested the home owners, he added.
A network of tunnels under the Egypt-Gaza border have provided a lifeline to Gaza residents under siege.
The security official said the tunnels threatened Egypt's security as they could be used to smuggle "jihadists" across the border.