Man dies of electric shock inside Rafah smuggling tunnel
Published Sunday 12/01/2014 (updated) 13/01/2014 12:07
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian man died as a result of an electric shock sustained inside a smuggling tunnel beneath the border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt on Sunday morning, medical sources said.
Spokesperson for the Gaza Strip Ministry of Health Ashraf al-Qidra identified the victim as 29-year-old Bassam Ismail al-Farmawi from Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.
Al-Qidra confirmed that the victim had sustained an electric shock.
Following the incident, the victim was evacuated to Abu Yousif al-Najjar Hospital in Rafah where medics announced his death.
Tunnels connecting Gaza to Egypt provide a vital lifeline for the besieged Palestinian territory amidst the otherwise wide-ranging Israeli-led blockade.
Since the Egyptian military's ouster of democratically-elected president Morsi in July, Egypt has destroyed hundreds of tunnels in an effort to strictly enforce the blockade.
This tightening has led to major shortages of basic commodities in Gaza, and has forced smugglers to use increasingly covert and dangerous methods to import goods.
The blockade has been in place since 2006, and it has limited imports and exports and led to a major economic decline and humanitarian crisis.