Wednesday, September 16, 2009

[wvns] Egypt destroys 10 more Gaza's survival tunnels

Egypt destroys 10 more Gaza's survival tunnels
Tue, 15 Sep 2009§ionid=351020202

The network of tunnels are being used to import vital supplies to the impoverished Gaza Strip.

In another act of tightening the screws on the people of Gaza, Egypt destroys ten more tunnels north of its border town of Rafah used to import vital supplies into the besieged Gaza Strip.

Egyptian security forces found the exact location of the cross-border tunnels and blew them up on Monday after receiving a tip-off from a Palestinian runner who was arrested last week.

Muhammad al-Shaer was arrested at the Rafah border crossing as he tried to enter Gaza on false documents. Egyptian officials say more tunnels will be uncovered following his arrest.

As a result of the crippling land, sea, and air blockade of the Gaza Strip imposed by Israel and Egypt since June 2007 when Palestinian resistance movement Hamas took control of the enclave, Gaza's 1.5 million inhabitants have had to heavily rely on 'illicit' and perilous tunnels as the sole means of obtaining essential supplies such as food and medicines.

The cross-border tunnels -- also known as Gaza's feeding tubes -- along Rafah, are frequently being attacked by Israeli and Egyptian security forces.



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