Palestinian worker killed in tunnel cave-in

14:18, August 30, 2010      

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A Palestinian teenager was killed Sunday afternoon when a tunnel under Gaza's southern border with Egypt collapsed, medical sources said.

The sources told Xinhua that Egyptian forces picked up the body of Abdul-Latif Abu Tiour from the other end of the collapsed tunnel inside the Egyptian territories before Palestinian medics retrieved the body.

The 19-year-old victim lives in the Palestinian side of Rafah City on Gaza-Egypt border where hundreds of smuggling tunnels were built to get around an Israeli blockade that was imposed in 2007 and has been easing following an Israeli commando raid on a Gaza- bound Turkish aid flotilla in May. Nine Turks were killed in the raid.

About 150 Palestinians passed away while dragging bags of goods, most of them due to natural cave-ins, Israeli airstrikes. Hamas, which controls Gaza, accuses Egypt of throwing poisoned gas in the tunnels that contributed in the death toll.

Source: Xinhua


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