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Egypt finds 2.5 km smuggling tunnel under Gaza border

Feb. 16, 2015 12:23 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 17, 2015 9:45 A.M.)
CAIRO (Ma'an) -- Egyptian border guards on Sunday discovered a smuggling tunnel from Gaza which ran at least 2.5 kilometers underground.

Egyptian military officials told Ma'an that it was the longest tunnel ever discovered by Egyptian security forces.

The opening of the tunnel was found in an unpopulated area near Rafah. Large communication networks connected to satellites were found inside the tunnel.

Egyptian forces closed off the area and made preparations to destroy the underground passage.

Until the July 2013 ouster of democratically-elected Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, tunnels connecting Gaza to Egypt provided a vital lifeline for the territory amidst the otherwise crippling Israeli blockade, which has been in place since 2007.

Since the coup, however, Egypt has strictly enforced the blockade and targeted the tunnels, with military sources estimating that the vast majority were destroyed in the fall of 2013.
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