3 injured in Gaza tunnel gas leak
Published Saturday 01/03/2014 (updated) 02/03/2014 10:40
The entrance of a smuggling tunnel pictured in Gaza.(MaanImages/file)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Three workers were rescued after suffering from near suffocation as a result a gas leak in a tunnel between the Gaza Strip and Egypt, an official from the Gaza Strip health ministry said.
Gaza Strip health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra told Ma'an that civil defense crews rescued three workers who had suffered from gas inhalation in a tunnel on the border between Rafah and Egypt as a result of the gas leak.
10 others were rescued before suffering as a result of the leak, he added.
The incident occurred in the area of Yebna refugee camp south of Rafah, the source said.
Tunnels running between Rafah in the Gaza Strip and Egypt are a primary connection to the outside world for the Gaza Strip's 1.7 million inhabitants since the imposition of an economic blockade by the State of Israel beginning in 2007.
Since the July 2013 ouster of Egypt's president Mohamed Morsi, however, the Egyptian military has carried out a campaign to wipe out the tunnels, drastically reducing their number and severely cutting the flow of goods into the Gaza Strip.