Lions, monkeys take underground route to Gaza zoo

August 8, 2008 15:57


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The monkeys and lions were drugged, tossed into cloth sacks and pulled through smuggling tunnels under the border between Egypt and the besieged Gaza Strip before ending up in their new homes in a dusty Gaza zoo. Stocked almost entirely with smuggled animals, the zoo is a sign of the territory's ever-expanding tunnel industry. Gaza's commercial trade was literally forced underground after Hamas seized the coastal territory last summer, prompting neighboring Israel and Egypt to restrict the flow of goods through commercial passages. Smugglers say a new effort by Egypt to blow the passages up will have little effect, allowing the flow of products like cigarettes, weapons and lion cubs to continue unhindered.

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