Egypt floods tunnels on Gaza border

Authorities use pipes to pump water from the Mediterranean Sea in apparent effort to curb the use of underground smuggling passages.

September 19, 2015 09:48
1 minute read.
smuggling tunnel

A smuggling tunnel beneath the Egyptian-Gaza border in Rafah [File]. (photo credit: REUTERS)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Egyptian forces flooded smuggling tunnels dug beneath the Gaza-Egypt border, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, on Friday Palestinian witnesses said.

The authorities used pipes to pump water from the Mediterranean Sea in an apparent effort to curb the use of the underground passages.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

Tunnel workers attempted to remove the water.

The network of tunnels is used to bring in an estimated 30 percent of all goods that reach Gaza. Smugglers have also used the underground passageways to bring in weapons used by terrorists groups in the Palestinian enclave.

During last summer's war in Gaza, Hamas used tunnels leading into Israel to infiltrate on four occasions, killing 12 soldiers. The IDF said it destroyed 32 tunnels.

Since taking office in 2014, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has led attempts to crack down on Islamist insurgents in the Sinai Peninsula. The government in Cairo declared a state of emergency in the border area last year after at least 33 security personnel were killed in attacks in the region bordering Gaza.

It also said people who used illegal crossings to transfer goods or equipment could also face a life sentence, as well as people with knowledge of them who failed to report them to the authorities.

Residents of Sinai, who complain they have long been neglected by the state, say they rely on smuggling trade through tunnels for their living. Egyptian authorities see the tunnels as a threat and regularly destroy them.

In November Egypt said it would deepen its buffer zone with Gaza after finding local tunnels, expanding the zone from 500 meters to 1 kilometer.

Related Content

July 19, 2018
Sources close to Netanyahu: Trump knew the Iran nuclear deal was bad