Egypt’s army destroyed 20 more smuggling tunnels under Gaza border in November

 

The 20 tunnels that were found & destroyed in November are part of Egypt’s policy, after it cleared a buffer zone along the Gaza border last year, in its attempt to eliminate the cross-border network of tunnels used for terrorism in the Sinai, & smuggling weapons to Hamas and other terror organizations in Gaza.

By The Associated Press & Israel Hayom Staff

 

The Egyptian military says it has destroyed 20 recently discovered underground tunnels along the border with the Gaza Strip.

A Palestinian worker repairs a smuggling tunnel after it was flooded by Egyptian security forces – Photo: Reuters

The army says the tunnels were found and destroyed in November. The announcement came on its official Facebook page on Monday. There were no further details.

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Israel and Egypt have maintained a blockade of Gaza since the Islamic terrorist group Hamas violently seized control of the coastal enclave in 2007. For years, Egypt tolerated a smuggling industry that allowed hundreds of tunnels to bring in goods like cigarettes and spare parts, as well as weapons, into Gaza.

After a major attack last year, the Egyptian military began clearing a buffer zone along the border in an attempt to stamp out the cross-border network of tunnels that Hamas considers a lifeline.

 

View original Israel Hayom publication at:
http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=30273

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