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Report: Egypt Strikes Tunnels to Gaza

Smoke rises after explosion at smuggling tunnel dug beneath Gaza-Egypt border, southern Gaza Strip, Aug. 31, 2013.
Smoke rises after explosion at smuggling tunnel dug beneath Gaza-Egypt border, southern Gaza Strip, Aug. 31, 2013.
Reuters
Egyptian forces struck tunnels that connect Gaza and Egypt on Saturday, according to local residents in Rafah.
 
Reuters video showed explosions in the area followed by smoke clouds in Rafah on the border between Gaza and Egypt. The strike explosion took place at around sunset.
 
About 80 percent of tunnels used to smuggle goods and arms into the Gaza Strip from Egypt are no longer functioning due to a crackdown by the Egyptian military after it ousted President Mohamed Morsi, a United Nations official said in July.
 
Cairo moved to destroy the tunnels after militants in the Egyptian Sinai desert killed 16 of its soldiers a year ago. Egypt said some of the gunmen had slipped into Sinai from nearby Gaza, an accusation denied by Hamas, who controls the strip.
 
Gaza relies on the network of tunnels for vital goods including fuel, cement and food.
 
Hamas, which taxes much of the traffic through the underground passages, has been hit hard by the losses. Ordinary Palestinians, many of them dependent on U.N. aid handouts, have seen prices for staple goods skyrocket.
 
Israel still maintains strict control of all imports into Gaza to prevent arms reaching Hamas, which refuses to recognize the Jewish state and has often clashed with it. Under international accords, merchandise cannot be imported via Egypt.

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by: Davis K. Thanjan from: New York
August 31, 2013 9:10 PM
Gaza has been a threat to the security of Israel due to unprovoked random shower of missiles into Israel and the Hamas terrorists infiltrating into Israel. Israel tried to choke the underground tunnels between Egypt and Gaza, but was not successful. Now it is the turn of Egypt to demolish these tunnels because terrorism is coming through these underground tunnels to Sinai and Egypt is very successful to obliterate these tunnels. Hamas and Moslem Brotherhood are the common enemies of Egypt and Israel. Terrorism should be stopped with the cooperation of all nations, what ever be the political ideology of the countries.

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by: a from: a
September 01, 2013 4:08 AM
Terrorism is what israel is doing to the palestinians ever since 1948. Hamas is the desperate last breathe of retaliation against the cowardly act of the Israelis.

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