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Zio-Egypt Army floods lifeline tunnels into Gaza Strip

19 September 2015 9:15


The Egyptian army has pumped water from the Mediterranean Sea into underground tunnels used by Palestinians to transfer essential supplies to the Israeli-besieged Gaza Strip, witnesses and security officials say.

Abu Mohammad, a tunnel owner told Turkey’s official Anadolu news agency that the tunnels were flooded by “large amounts of water” on Friday “through large underground pipes that have hundreds of holes in them.”

“These pipes were extended in the past in a trench that extends across the borders between Egypt and the Gaza Strip,” he added.

Furthermore, Egyptian security officials said that the operation was aimed at ending what they claimed to be the smuggling of weapons to militants operating in the North African country’s troubled Sinai Peninsula, Germany’s DPA news agency reported.

Over the past few years, the Cairo government has launched a heavy-handed crackdown on the underground tunnels used by residents of Gaza to transfer essential supplies, including food and fuel, into the Israeli-blockaded coastal sliver.

In mid-June, the Egyptian military said it had demolished nearly 1,430 underground tunnels between the country and the Gaza Strip over the past year and a half.

Cairo has blamed a series of terror attacks in Sinai on Hamas which has ruled the Gaza since 2007, a claim strongly rejected by the Palestinian resistance movement.

Since 2007, the Tel Aviv regime maintains its land, air and sea blockade on more than 1.8 million people living in Gaza, denying them the most basic items like food, medicine and fuel.

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