Egypt uncovers 82 new Gaza-Sinai smuggling tunnels

The Egyptian army this week unearthed a total of 82 new smuggling tunnels running from Sinai to the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, DEBKAfile’s military sources report. It turns out that neither Israeli nor Egyptian intelligence had caught on to the massive project. The illicit passageways were discovered by chance when Egyptian troops were working on on a new buffer zone to separate Sinai from the Palestinian enclave. Both agencies were taken aback by the speed with which Hamas had reconstituted its underground system for smuggling arms and fighting men into the Gaza Strip, after it was practically demolished by Egypt and Israel.

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