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Egypt destroys 8 smuggling tunnels under Gaza border
Published Saturday 18/01/2014 (updated) 19/01/2014 11:33
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CAIRO (Ma'an) -- Egyptian border guards demolished eight smuggling tunnels underneath the Egypt-Gaza border in Rafah on Saturday, Egyptian army sources told Ma'an.

A military source said Egyptian border guards "continued with its role to protect the country's borders in all strategic directions, demolishing eight smuggling tunnels under the borders in Rafah."

At least 1,113 smuggling tunnels have been demolished since January 2013, the army source said.

An official told Ma'an in September that over 90 percent of the Egypt-Gaza smuggling tunnels had been destroyed by Egyptian forces.

The tunnels had been a lifeline for the flow of food, clothing, building materials, and fuel into Gaza, which Israel has blockaded since 2006.

The blockade has severely limited the imports and exports of the Gaza Strip and has led to frequent humanitarian crises and hardship for Gazans.

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1 ) Spacek / Romania
18/01/2014 19:47
Anyone jumping up and down with indignation, after reading this article?

2 ) Mammuk / USA
18/01/2014 22:29
Hamas just just disband. Fatah and Israel would open the crossings on that happy day.

3 ) Friend of Gaza / EU
18/01/2014 22:38
Were Gaza to have a legitimate way to get the supplies it needs, &/or were the siege on Gaza to be finally lifted, people in Gaza wouldn't need to risk their lives building tunnels. This would also stop Egypt being upset (as it accuses Gaza of subversive activities, without actual proof) & would improve relations between the two sides.

4 ) Umjibreel / Iceland
19/01/2014 10:47
The obvious goal here is NOT border security for Egypt. The goal is to squeeze, literally, the life out of Gaza and Hamas. Egypt has once again become a willing partner to the Israeli agenda. What a shame.
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