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Official: 2 workers trapped in Gaza tunnel collapse

Jan. 11, 2013 3:10 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 13, 2013 10:00 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Two workers were trapped in a Gaza smuggling tunnel on Friday as heavy rain caused several underground passages to collapse, civil defense crews said.

Muhammad al-Maydneh, spokesman for civil defense crews in Gaza, told Ma'an that the Palestinian side is communicating with Egypt in order to save the two workers.

An Egyptian security official told Ma'an on Thursday that many of the tunnels under Gaza's border with Egypt are flooded or collapsed, after 3 days of heavy rainfall.

Earlier Friday, three workers trapped in the flooded tunnels were rescued by civil defense crews, al-Maydneh said.

Emergency services in the Gaza Strip are working around the clock to cope with the stormy weather.

Over the past 3 days, 150 people have been rescued from flooded homes, 54 vehicles have been removed from flooded streets, 42 fallen trees have been removed from residential areas and 15 boats have been recovered after sinking in rough seas.

Around 24 people have been injured in the storms, al-Maydneh added.
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