6 Palestinians missing in Gaza tunnel

19:33, July 21, 2010      

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Six Palestinian smugglers have gone missing Wednesday when a tunnel beneath Gaza's southern border with Egypt caved in, witnesses and rescue workers said.

The witnesses said it is still difficult to predict the fate of the trapped as rescue crews are digging the sand to look for them.

The workers were bringing in goods from Egypt, the witnesses said, but the sorts of goods were also unknown.

Starting this month, Israel loosened its blockade to the Gaza Strip, allowing many civilian goods and consumer products into the territory that has been under tight blockade for three years.

The tunnel business, which had reached its peak in 2008 and were the main lifeline to the 1.5 million population, started to go down as a result of the Israeli relaxations. However, cement and some construction materials that Israel is still barring are still being smuggled to Gaza through the tunnels.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:王千原雪)

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