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Egypt envoy: No plan to demolish Gaza tunnels

Sept. 2, 2011 6:10 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 3, 2011 7:03 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- Egypt has denied plans to demolish tunnels on the border with Gaza.

Yasser Othman, ambassador to the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah, said Friday that no decision had been taken about the tunnels.

The plan is to restore security in the Sinai and the border area -- not to tighten the siege on Gaza, he says.

He said the security campaign in the tunnel area will only target areas which threaten Palestinian and Egyptian security.

He also said that restoring security in the northern Sinai would help Egypt improve facilities at the Rafah crossing.

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