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Egypt army destroys 'largest' fuel smuggling network in Sinai: Spokesman

Egypt military announces destruction of underwater fuel smuggling network between Sinai, Gaza Strip holding some 334,000 litres of diesel

Ahram Online , Sunday 3 Nov 2013
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Egypt's military spokesperson announced on Sunday that Border Guard forces have destroyed eight illegal underwater diesel containers they say held 334,000 litres of fuel in the Sinai Peninsula.
 
The statement, published on the spokesperson's Facebook page, said a pipe network used to transfer the fuel to the adjacent Gaza Strip was also destroyed.
 
On Saturday, the page announced that army forces had uncovered a "large fuel smuggling network" connecting Sinai to Gaza, in addition to other smuggling tunnels.
 
The Egyptian military has been cracking down on illegal smuggling in Sinai since the rule of ousted president Mohamed Morsi. The operations were escalated after Morsi's ouster in July.
 
In September, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said illegal smuggling tunnels linking Egypt to the Gaza Strip had been greatly reduced, with some 10 tunnels remaining from an estimated 300 in June.
 
The empoverished Gaza Strip relies heavily on the underground tunnel network, through which commercial goods such as fuel and basic construction materials are smuggled to bypass an Israeli blockade and Egyptian-imposed border restrictions.
 
Egypt, which is carrying out a large-scale military operation against Islamic militants in Sinai, has recently accused Hamas – an ideological off-shoot of the Muslim Brotherhood and a power stronghold in Gaza – of interfering in its internal affairs to support Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood.
 
Hamas has denied these accusations.
 
Since 3 July, Egypt has intermittently closed its Rafah crossing, the main gateway to the outside world for the 1.7 million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, citing security concerns.
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Nikos Retsos
03-11-2013 11:19pm
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Egypt army destroys 'largest' fuel smuggling network in Sinai: Spokesman
Destroying the diesel containers and starving the Gazan Palestinians shows that General Sissi and his accolades in the interim Egyptian government are ready to serve the U.S. and Israeli interest in exchange for political and military support to keep the 52% of Egyptians who voted for Mr. Morsi out of power. It has been well-documented in history that no tyrant or despot can remain in power against the will of the majority of the people - unless he has support from outside strong powers. For example, without Russian support, Bashar Assad would have been history by now. General Sissi, who actually makes all decisions behind the powerless civilians he appointed to play an Egyptian government, is on a mission to reinstall Mubarak's allies back in power. And, by busting Hamas, he signals to Israel and the U.S. that if they don't want the Muslim Brotherhood to return to power, they had better do everything possible and impossible to help him stay in power. It is a tricky mission for General Sissi, and he needs all the political, military, financial and "know how" support he can get. With 52% of Egyptians already on record against him, he definitely needs outside help to rig the elections to win, and then obtain quick recognition of the fraudulent elections by the U.S., Israel and its allies to claim legitimacy! In this quid-pro-quo General Sissi game with the U.S. and Israel, the Palestinians are just what the 30 pieces of silver were to Judas Iscariot! Nikos Retsos, retired professor
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