Two Palestinians die in tunnel collapse in Rafah

Israel Materials 30 April 2009 15:23 (UTC +04:00)

Two Palestinians died Thursday in a tunnel collapse beneath the border between Egypt and southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah, medical sources said.

Mu'awia Hassanein, director of emergencies at the Health Ministry, said that two Palestinians were killed due to the collapse and three others went missing, Xinhua reported.

Abdallah Shehada, director of Abu Yousef al-Najjar hospital in Rafah, said that two dead bodies were brought to the hospital at 5:00 a.m. (0200 GMT), refusing to give more details.

Hundreds of tunnels were dug under the border between Egypt and Gaza Strip and the Palestinians use to bring in a wide variety of goods and fuel that were not available in Gaza due to a tight Israeli blockade imposed since June 2007.

Last year, more than 50 workers were killed while working inside the tunnels as a result of collapses or Egyptian campaign to fight the smuggling.