Egypt destroys five Gaza smuggling tunnels
Egyptian security forces Thursday destroyed five underground tunnels used to smuggle cars, petrol and other goods into the Gaza Strip, dpa reported.
Egyptian security officials said they destroyed the tunnels with explosive blasts only after after confirming that no one was underground at the time the demolitions took place.
The move is part of the most recent effort by Egyptian authorities to clamp down on the smuggling lines to the blockaded Palestinian territory. Earlier this week, the security forces also announced a large-scale crackdown against weapon caches in the adjoining Sinai Peninsula.
A blockade on the Gaza Strip was tightened after Hamas overtook the territory in 2007. Tunnels from Egypt to Gaza are believed to be used to transport weapons but are also a lifeline providing needed basic goods to the 1.5 million people in the enclave.