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Egypt floods Gaza tunnels to cut Palestinian lifeline
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Egypt floods Gaza tunnels to cut Palestinian lifeline
By Nidal al-Mughrabi

GAZA | Wed Feb 13, 2013 7:39am EST


(Reuters) - Egyptian forces have flooded smuggling tunnels under the border with the Palestinian-ruled Gaza Strip in a campaign to shut them down, Egyptian and Palestinian officials said.

The network of tunnels is a vital lifeline for Gaza, bringing in an estimated 30 percent of all goods that reach the enclave and circumventing a blockade imposed by Israel for more than seven years.

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Dozens of tunnels had been destroyed since last August following the killing of 16 Egyptian soldiers in a militant attack near the Gaza fence.

Cairo said some of the gunmen had crossed into Egypt via the tunnels - a charge denied by Palestinians - and ordered an immediate crackdown.

The move surprised and angered Gaza's rulers, the Islamist group Hamas, which had hoped for much better ties with Cairo following the election last year of Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, an Islamist who is ideologically close to Hamas.


much more at http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/13/us-palestinia...


Why would Palestinians intentionally provoke the Egyptians and risk their own "lifeline?"

The story, at least as Reuters tells it, smells fishier than Sarah Palin's waders.
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