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Egyptian army destroys 13 tunnels in Rafah

March 27, 2014 10:19 P.M. (Updated: March 29, 2014 2:21 P.M.)
CAIRO (Ma'an) -- The Egyptian army reportedly destroyed 13 smuggling tunnels near the Rafah border and seized a number of vehicles and other goods that were intended to be smuggled across the border, an Egyptian security source said.

The source said that the army had taken possession of a car and four motorcycles that were intended to be smuggled.

The source added that two people were detained in al-Qantara for intending to smuggle drugs across the border.

After the July coup that deposed president Mohamed Morsi, Egypt's army has repeatedly closed the Rafah border crossing and destroyed hundreds of tunnels that Gazans used for years to import fuel, building materials and other goods.

The Rafah crossing has been the principal connection between Gaza's 1.7 million residents and the outside world since the imposition of an economic blockade by Israel beginning in 2007.

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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