Egypt court says Gaza tunnels must be destroyed

Leftist lawyers said they brought the case with activists to force the government's hand.

Egypt court says Gaza tunnels must be destroyed

World Bulletin / News Desk

 A Cairo court ruled on Tuesday the government must destroy all tunnels between Egypt and the Gaza Strip, removing a lifeline for Israel-besieged Palestinians.

Leftist lawyers said they brought the case with activists to force the government's hand.

President Mohamed Mursi's national security adviser Essam Haddad has said Egypt will not tolerate the two-way flow of smuggled arms through the tunnels that is destabilising its Sinai peninsula.

Egyptian forces flooded some of the tunnels earlier this month.

"The court ruled to make it obligatory that the government destroys the tunnels between Egypt and the Gaza Strip," Judge Farid Tanaghou said.

An estimated 30 percent of goods that reach Gaza's 1.7 million Palestinians come through the tunnels, in an effort to easy a blockade imposed by Israel for more than seven years.

"I filed the case because I was worried about the state of national security in my country after the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood to power and its unclear policies and links with Hamas," said Wael Hamdy, a lawyer who brought the case.

Last Mod: 27 Şubat 2013, 09:24
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