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Egypt army destroys 13 more Gaza tunnels
Published Sunday 27/07/2014 (updated) 29/07/2014 16:11
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A Palestinian man is lowered into a smuggling tunnel beneath the
Gaza-Egypt border, in the southern Gaza Strip, on Sept. 11, 2013
(AFP/File Mahmud Hams)
CAIRO (AFP) -- Egypt's army said Sunday it has destroyed 13 more tunnels connecting the Sinai Peninsula to the Gaza Strip, taking to 1,639 the overall number it has laid waste to.

The destruction will potentially aggravate the economic and humanitarian situation in the besieged Gaza Strip, which has witnessed a major drop in living standards since Egypt's Abdel Fattah al-Sisi launched a campaign to destroy the tunnels last summer.

Over the eight years since Israel imposed an economic blockade on the Strip due to the victory of Hamas in elections, the tunnels have provided a major lifeline to the outside world for Gaza's 1.7 million people.

Since last summer, however, Cairo has poured troops into the peninsula to counter a rising insurgency since the ouster of democratically-elected president Mohamed Morsi last year, and its security operation involves the destruction of these tunnels.

The Palestinian militant group Hamas, which is the main power in Gaza, reportedly uses the tunnels to smuggle arms, food and money into the blockaded coastal enclave.

Israel has been waging a military offensive on Gaza since July 8, and it launched a ground assault on July 17 aimed at destroying a network of tunnels inside the Gaza Strip.

The assault has killed more than 1,000 Palestinians, the vast majority of whom have been civilians.

Ties between Hamas and Cairo have deteriorated since the Egyptian army deposed Morsi on July 3, 2013. Hamas is an affiliate of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood.

Cairo also accuses of Hamas of being involved in militant attacks inside Egypt, which have multiplied since Morsi was toppled. Both Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood have denied any connection to the attacks, which have been claimed by Wahhabi militant groups.

Militant groups say their attacks are in retaliation for a police crackdown on Morsi's supporters. The crackdown has seen more than 1,400 people killed in attacks on demonstrators and street clashes.

Ma'an staff contributed to this report.
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1 ) Tara / UK
28/07/2014 04:09
Egypt makes me F'ing sick!

2 ) JoeUSA / USA
28/07/2014 06:15
It is shameful . If Egypt opens its border with Gaza , then and only then , destroying the tunnels would make sense.

3 ) Augustus Sharon / Chile
28/07/2014 10:05
Requiring Hamas to report how many are dead in the tunnels destroyed by Israel. The estimated number of dead reached 5,800 Hamas men who were exploited within the tunnels. I hope to publish this comment.

4 ) Sami Mulki / Uk. exile from Lebanon.
28/07/2014 10:33
Not every Arab wants to live under Jihadist rule as Sharia law is a pathetic law to live under.

5 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
28/07/2014 12:20
Good for Egypt - asserting their sovereignty and tightening the closure on the fascist criminal Hamas goverment in Gaza. It's time for British Muslims to stand up for the people of Gaza and demand an end to jihadist rule in Gaza and freedom for Gazans from the tyranny of Hamas. I'll bet Tara is willing to sit in democratic UK and fight us zionists to the last Palestinian. Wake up, Tara, and help Gaza by getting rid of Hamas.

6 ) Salah / UAE
28/07/2014 17:04
Hamas are the people of Gaza, not any immegrant alien.

7 ) Terry / Latvia
28/07/2014 17:11
Egypt is now a full fledged military dictatorship complying entirely with US and Israeli interests. There is no hope for the country anymore because the Egyptian people brought this situation onto themselves.

8 ) Chaim / Gaza
28/07/2014 19:09
Good for Egypt... Assissi needs to be strong for his people's respect & security

9 ) Mel / USA
28/07/2014 20:17
El Sisi,you're a COWARD! Just a Zionist-court eunuch,serving those who want to take Egypt's Nile &Suez anyway,as soon as Zionist Israel can"cleanse"ALL Palestine/Negev &Sinai,of non-Jews! You think-like Jordan's Abdullah- that Zionist Israel will NOT COME FOR EGYPT/JORDAN again,as soon as you &Abdullah decide you've had enough of being paid(USAID/FMF) puppet,refugee-camp CO's,flooded out by Zionism's VICTIMS(non-Jews). Your"peace"with Israel is as Jordan&Palestine=COMPLIANCYwith evil Zionism!

10 ) Robert in Zio-controlled USA / ZioUSA
29/07/2014 02:11
All the effort Egyptians went through to get rid of the military controlled Mubarak government only to end up with a military government in the end what a waste of time and blood. Egypt should support Hamas and all Palestinians in the struggle for freedom and not just because Israel once slaughtered Egyptians as they are slaughtering Palestinians. Wake up Egypt.

11 ) humaira / india
29/07/2014 07:37
condemn this act of egypt, why r muslim supporting terrorists(zoinists)

12 ) Levi / USA
29/07/2014 16:06
@10) Hey Robert, why don't you move out of ZioUSA and move to Gaza, Syria or Iraq? What's stopping you: ZioComfort and ZioDollars?
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