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Egypt destroys 8 smuggling tunnels under Gaza border

Jan. 18, 2014 10:30 A.M. (Updated: Jan. 19, 2014 11:33 A.M.)
CAIRO (Ma'an) -- Egyptian border guards demolished eight smuggling tunnels underneath the Egypt-Gaza border in Rafah on Saturday, Egyptian army sources told Ma'an.

A military source said Egyptian border guards "continued with its role to protect the country's borders in all strategic directions, demolishing eight smuggling tunnels under the borders in Rafah."

At least 1,113 smuggling tunnels have been demolished since January 2013, the army source said.

An official told Ma'an in September that over 90 percent of the Egypt-Gaza smuggling tunnels had been destroyed by Egyptian forces.

The tunnels had been a lifeline for the flow of food, clothing, building materials, and fuel into Gaza, which Israel has blockaded since 2006.

The blockade has severely limited the imports and exports of the Gaza Strip and has led to frequent humanitarian crises and hardship for Gazans.

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