World Bulletin/News Desk
Egyptian army troops on Tuesday destroyed five underground fuel tanks and ten pumps used to smuggle fuel across the border into the besieged Gaza Strip.
Military personnel raided fields along the Egypt-Gaza border where they found five underground fuel tanks holding 300,000 liters of fuel, eyewitnesses in Rafah said.
Troops destroyed the tanks, witnesses said, as well as the pumps used to transport fuel into the Palestinian enclave.
The military has not released any official statements on the operation.
The Egyptian army's crackdown on Egypt-Gaza border tunnels, ongoing since June, comes as part of a larger offensive. The operation has squeezed the beleaguered Gaza Strip, which relies heavily on goods smuggled across the Egyptian border.
In 2010, Israel eased its longstanding blockade of the strip due to the international outcry that followed its attack on a Turkish-led aid flotilla bound for Gaza. Nine Turkish activists were killed in the maritime raid.
With the easing of the flow of goods through Israeli-controlled overland crossing points, the tunnels were dedicated to transporting items restricted by Israel, mainly construction materials and Egyptian fuel, which is sold in the strip at half the price of Israeli petrol.
According to a recent UN report, 80% of all tunnel activity has now been brought to a halt.Last Mod: 13 Ağustos 2013, 14:07