Egypt Security Forces Detonate Tunnel On Gaza Border

August 3, 2011 9:30 AM Saed Bannoura Gaza Siege, News Report, Rafah 0
03 Aug
9:30 AM

The Egyptian Security Forces detonated on Tuesday a siege-busting tunnel at the Gaza-Egypt border in Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.Palestinian sources reported that the tunnel was located west of Rafah city, and was used to smuggle goods urgently needed in Gaza.

The sources added that the explosion was ground-shaking while clouds of dust and smoke were scene in the area; no injuries were reported.

On July 21, a fighter of the Al Qassam brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, was killed in a tunnel accident in Jabalia, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.

More than 160 Palestinians were killed in similar tunnel accidents since Israel imposed the siege on Gaza in 2006.

Most of the tunnels across the border with Egypt are used for smuggling essential food supplies into the besieged Gaza Strip.

There are hundreds of siege-busting tunnels across the border while the Minister of Economy at the Hamas-led government decided that all tunnels must be shut down following the opening of the Rafah Border Terminal between Gaza and Egypt.

Over 300 patients have died since the siege began due to a lack of essential medical equipment, and having been denied exit passes by the Israeli government to receive treatment outside of Gaza.

Nearly 170 medicines, and 140 other medical items, are currently out of stock in the Gaza Strip.

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