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Thursday, September 01, 2011

Conflicting reports on Egypt destroying Rafah tunnels

I noted on August 26th that Arabic media was reporting an Egyptian plan to destroy all smuggling tunnels in Rafah in order to stop terrorist infiltration from Gaza to the Sinai. Some reports even said that Egypt would build a "buffer zone" and clear out parts of Rafah for this project.

The Egyptian ambassador to Ramallah, Yasser Osman, categorically denied the story, saying that Egypt would not do anything to jeopardize the flow of goods to Gaza.

Today, however, there are reports that the Egyptian government has been moving heavy drilling equipment and bulldozers into Rafah, presumably for the purpose of destroying tunnels.

There were also reports yesterday of a large Islamic Jihad cell that had infiltrated Egypt for the purpose of mounting a major attack on Israel.