Egyptian military crackdown: 120 smuggling tunnels closed

August 25, 2012 21:20


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The Egyptian military has closed off 120 tunnels that connected the Sinai peninsula to the Gaza Strip, AFP reported Saturday.

The crackdown on the tunnels, used for smuggling everything from cigarettes to weapons, included the demolition of several houses located on the Egyptian side of the border, according to the report.

The closure of the tunnels is part of an Egyptian military campaign to restore its control over the Sinai peninsula; the campaign was prompted by an alleged Islamist attack on an Egyptian military installation that left 16 security personnel dead.

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