A Palestinian man receives goods from Egypt through a tunnel dug 15 meters underneath the border in Rafah refugee camp.
A Palestinian man receives goods from Egypt through a tunnel dug 15 meters underneath the border in Rafah refugee camp.

Five Palestinians killed in tunnel collapse



GAZA CITY//A smuggling tunnel under the Gaza-Egypt border collapsed, killing at least five Palestinians and wounding 18, Palestinian security and hospital officials said today. The tunnel collapsed late last night, near the Gaza border town of Rafah. A wide network of tunnels runs under the border and is used to bring supplies into Gaza. The territory has been virtually cut off from the world since June 2007 when Hamas seized control by force.

Both Israel and Egypt have enforced the closure of Gaza. Israel says Hamas' rulers use the tunnel to bring in weapons and cash, and has urged Egypt to do more to stop the smuggling. In recent months, Egypt has begun cracking down on the smugglers. Since the beginning of the year, 27 Palestinians have been killed in tunnel collapses, including the five killed yesterday. *AP

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