Hamas seeks to keep tunnels open

Ismail Haniyeh, prime minister of the Hamas Gaza government, warned of disaster if the tunnels were shut off without other entry points being opened.

Hamas seeks to keep tunnels open

World Bulletin / News Desk

Hamas appealed to Egypt's new rulers on Thursday not to pursue its destruction of smuggling tunnels into the Gaza Strip, warning they risked throttling the small Palestinian territory.

Palestinians say Egyptian forces have destroyed dozens of tunnels linking Gaza to Egypt since the ousting of elected President Mohamed Mursi earlier this month, severely hindering the inflow of vital goods, including fuel.

Under international accords, goods cannot be imported via Egypt, making the hundreds of smuggling tunnels crucial for the Gazan economy.

Ismail Haniyeh, prime minister of the Hamas Gaza government, warned of disaster if the tunnels were shut off without other entry points being opened.

"This is going to strangle Gaza. We appreciate that Egypt has security needs, but at the same time the needs of our people that should not be affected," he said at a public event.

Last Mod: 19 Temmuz 2013, 12:09
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