Egypt uncovers two tunnels leading into Gaza

Tuesday, April 10, 2007 |  by Staff Writer
Egyptian authorities uncovered two new tunnels along the Gaza border and arrested a Palestinian man in the Sinai Peninsula who allegedly crossed from the Gaza Strip into Egypt, a security official said Sunday.

The man was believed to be in his early twenties and was taken in for questioning.

The two tunnels were uncovered in the Egyptian border city of Rafah.

Capt. Mohammed Badr of the North Sinai Peninsula police said after searching the tunnel, officials found food and water inside. Another tunnel was discovered inside a residential area in Rafah.

Egyptian security forces have yet to seal the second tunnel in an attempt to make further arrests of those trying to enter and exit Egypt.

Palestinians often smuggle weapons and black market items into the Gaza Strip from Egypt through tunnels. These weapons are used by Palestinian terrorists to attack Israel and Israelis have complained that the Egyptian government does not do enough to prevent the smuggling.

Egypt has rejected the accusations, but agreed to make a greater effort to crack down on trafficking across the border.

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