Worker killed in smuggling tunnel under Gaza-Egypt borders

21:34, October 22, 2010      

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A Palestinian smuggler died on Friday after he fell in a tunnel under the borders between southern Gaza Strip and Egypt, medics and witnesses said.

Adham Abu Selmeya, spokesman of the medical services in the Hamas-run Ministry of Health told Xinhua that Ahmed Abu To'eimah died after he fell in a smuggling tunnel in Rafah town.

The tunnel business had flourished when Israel imposed a blockade on the Gaza Strip in June 2007, after Hamas seized control of the costal enclave by force.

But work in the tunnels is sagging as Israel eased the restrictions after its deadly raid on a Gaza-bound Turkish aid flotilla in late May, where nine Turkish campaigners were killed.

Human rights group in Gaza say more than 160 people were killed in the tunnels over the past three years, most of them due to Israeli raids or natural cave-ins.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:王千原雪)

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