Gaza smugglers cut underground Egyptian steel wall

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
July 22, 2010 15:33

 
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RAFAH — An underground steel wall built by Egypt to stop smuggling under its border with Gaza has been breached hundreds of times, an Egyptian security official said Thursday.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief reporters.

On Thursday, footage filmed by Associated Press Television News showed one smuggler cutting through the barrier with a blow torch.

Smugglers say the wall was never a serious obstacle and that they are more concerned about consumer goods coming in through legitimate crossings now that Israel has eased the Gaza closure.

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