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Medics: Man killed in Rafah tunnel collapse

Dec. 4, 2012 9:45 A.M. (Updated: Dec. 5, 2012 8:44 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A man was killed late Monday when a smuggling tunnel collapsed underneath the Egypt-Gaza border, medics said.

The body of Muhammad Abu Sableh, 25, was recovered from a tunnel near the city of Rafah, medical sources told Ma'an.

Noman Qudaih, 38, was killed in a similar incident on Sunday and in late October, three men were killed when a smuggling tunnel collapsed.

Medics say that hundreds of Palestinians have died in the network of underground tunnels since Israel tightened its siege on the Gaza Strip in 2007.

The tunnels have been used to import anything from food to construction materials, fuel and cars, and militants have also used them to import munitions used to attack Israel, which has targeted some of the tunnels with air strikes.
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