Last Update 11:20
Hamas official condemns flooding of Gaza tunnels by Egyptian authorities
Hamas official slams Egyptian officials for flooding tunnels between Gaza and Egypt, describing the act as a renewal of Israel's blockade
Ahram Online , Saturday 16 Feb 2013
Share/Bookmark
Views: 1372
Gaza tunnels
File photo: Palestinian workers rest while rebuilding a destroyed smuggling tunnel area along the Egypt Gaza border is seen from Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012 (Photo: AP)

Hamas released a statement Saturday condemning the Egyptian government for flooding tunnels connecting Egypt to the Gaza Strip, reported AFP.

Khalil El-Haya, a senior Hamas official, said at a conference in Gaza that the tunnels were the only means way by which Palestinians could face Israel's "brutal blockade."

He added that people in Gaza consider Egypt's new policy of shutting down the tunnels as a renewal of Israel's blockade imposed on Gaza since 2006.

Last week, Reuters reported that Egyptian forces flooded smuggling tunnels under the border with the Gaza Strip in an attempt to close them down. Egyptian and Palestinian officials confirmed the report.

The network of tunnels is a vital lifeline for Gaza, bringing in an estimated 30 percent of all goods that reach the enclave and circumventing a blockade imposed by Israel for more than seven years.



Search Keywords:


Short link:

 

Email
 
Name
 
Comment's Title
 
Comment
Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 4000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.

© 2010 Ahram Online. Advertising