Hamas orders Gaza smuggling tunnels shut
Tunnel operators say Gaza's Hamas rulers have ordered residents to shut down smuggling tunnels along the Palestinian territory's border with Egypt indefinitely, AP reported.
It was not immediately clear why Hamas would order the tunnels shut, cutting off the economic lifeline for the 1.5 million people in the crowded, impoverished Gaza Strip.
Tunnel operators in the Gaza border town of Rafah say Hamas issued the order late Wednesday. Hamas officials were not immediately available for comment.