Egypt finds five smuggling tunnels

Food, motorcycles and computer parts discovered after tunnel openings uncovered in Rafah.

April 18, 2009 19:25
Egypt finds five smuggling tunnels

gaza tunnel 224.88. (photo credit: AP)


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Egyptian security forces uncovered five smuggling tunnels along the Gaza-Egypt border on Saturday, Israel Radio reported. The openings of the tunnels were found in the Egyptian part of Rafah, a town cut in half by the Gaza-Egypt border. Food, motorcycles and computer components were inside the tunnels, according to the Egyptians. Egyptian security officials said Saturday that the tunnels would be destroyed. Earlier Saturday, Egyptian officials told the London-based Asharq Alawsat newspaper that the interrogation of Hizbullah members detained in Egypt over the past two weeks had revealed that the cell was planning to smuggle explosive belts and dynamite with the help of Israeli Arabs in order to carry out a suicide attack inside Israel. According to the officials, the members of the cell had two suitcases containing dynamite when they were captured. Meanwhile, over the weekend, Egypt opened the Rafah border crossing for two days to allow Palestinians who had left Gaza in order to receive medical treatment in Egypt to return home. An Egyptian news agency reported that approximately 200 Palestinian convalescents were expected to cross back into the Strip in 30 ambulances.

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