31 Aug '15, 11am

Egypt starts dig on Gaza border to stop smuggling tunnels: Egyptian military bulldozers are…

Egypt starts dig on Gaza border to stop smuggling tunnels: Egyptian military bulldozers are…

A Palestinian man watches bulldozers and diggers work on the Egyptian side of the border with Gaza Strip on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. Khalil Hamra/AP RAFAH, Gaza Strip — Egyptian military bulldozers are digging through the sand along Egypt's border with the Gaza Strip in recent days, pressing ahead with what appears to be a renewed campaign to pressure Gaza's Hamas rulers and stamp out militant activity along the border. The project, billed as an Egyptian military-operated fish farm, effectively would fill the border area with water and is designed to put an end to the last remaining cross-border underground smuggling tunnels, Egyptian military officials said. Hamas accuses Egypt of further isolating the beleaguered Palestinian territory. The new excavations seem to be "a tightening of the grip of siege on Gaza," Hamas official Mushir al-Masri said. Egypt "should not slide in...

Full article: http://www.stripes.com/news/middle-east/egypt-starts-dig-...

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