Hamas- Pharoah Tunnel WAR

Four killed, two wounded, in a tunnel explosion at the Gaza-Egypt border
Wednesday September 24, 2008 00:21 by Saed Bannoura – IMEMC News

Palestinian medical sources in the Gaza Strip reported on Tuesday at night that Palestinian medics recovered the bodies of four residents, who were killed in an explosion that took place on Tuesday evening in a tunnel at the Gaza-Egypt border. At least one was wounded and was moved to a local hospital n Rafah.

The sources stated that the bodies of Mustafa Saleh Al Najjar, 19, Omar Fayez Barghout, 21, Ahmad Abdul-Latif Al Najjar, an a fourth unidentified body were located under the rubble, and that one wounded resident was also evacuated from the scene.

The explosion took place in a tunnel in Al Brazil area, on the borders with Egypt in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

According to the Palestinian Information Center, run by Hamas, Egyptian security forces detonated the tunnel while five residents were in it. The forces most likely did not know residents were in the tunnel.

The center added that the Egyptian security forces are digging on their side in an attempt to locate any resident who are stuck under the rubble.

The number of Palestinians who died in tunnel accidents since the beginning of this year arrived to 33 and dozens of residents were wounded.

On September 18, two Palestinians were killed and three others were wounded after a tunnel they were digging at the Egyptian-Gaza border collapsed on them.

Reuters reported that several residents in the area said that the tunnel was meant to be used for bringing food and goods into the Gaza Strip.

Israeli officials maintain that all tunnels are meant to be used for smuggling arms and ammunition from Egypt into Gaza.

29 Palestinians were killed and 34 were wounded in tunnel accidents since the beginning of this year. Resident Kamal Ahmad Al Imam, 35, died in a tunnel collapse in Rafah on Monday at night on September 22

Egypt steps up its war on Gaza smuggling tunnels

By Maya El Kaliouby

Published: August 24, 2008

An Egyptian border guard stand with a dog close to a smuggling tunnel discovered along the border close to the Rafah border crossing with the Palestinian Gaza Strip on August 19. According to Egyptian lieutenant-commander Yasser Mohammed Ali of the Liaison Agency with International Organizations (LAWIO) some 452 tunnels have been uncovered in the past three months. (AFP Khaled Desouki)RAFAH, Egypt (AFP) Hidden in the shadows of a Rafah residential zone, two Egyptian border police and their attack dogs stand guard at the entrance to a smuggling tunnel to the besieged Gaza Strip.
The discovery of the tunnel, only metres (yards) from the garden of a house where young children are playing and giggling near a flock of chickens, shows the latest success in Egypt’s war on smugglers.

Army chief Lieutenant Colonel Yasser Ali proudly showed a group of foreign journalists the tunnel but refused to give details of what — if anything — had been found inside.

“We discovered it this morning. It is the 452nd we have found in the last three years,” he said.The United States and Israel have frequently accused Egypt of failing to halt the smuggling of weapons into the Strip, which has been under a crippling Israeli blockade since Hamas seized control of it last year.

In June this year, Cairo appealed to the United States for help in locating the tunnels and US authorities responded by sending a team of specialists.
“We need their experience. After all, they are experts. They have to combat tunnels dug by Mexicans to cross into the United States,” Ali added.

A team of US engineers from the Department of Defence is already on site, but is keeping a low profile, working to support and train Egyptian forces in the battle against the smugglers.”We are already finding more tunnels ourselves; more than 200 this year. But we want to use their more successful methods of tunnel detection and destruction,” Ali said.

In addition to training border guards, the United States has promised to give Egypt 33 million dollars (22.2 million euros) to buy new technology to uncover tunnels.

Authorities said the equipment had been dispatched and had yet to arrive in Egypt, but they refused to give details regarding the nature of the hardware.

Several times a week, border guards blow up, collapse or fill in freshly discovered tunnels, but there are always more in this frontier region; sometimes in gardens, houses or even school yards. Since the Israeli army withdrew from the Gaza Strip in 2005, 750 Egyptian border guards plus police officers have been deployed along the 13.5 kilometre-long frontier, which stretches from the sea to the desert.

The border zone is a barren, sandy wasteland of searing heat and choking dust that is deserted except for the coils of barbed wire and the concrete barrier wall dividing the two regions.”It is the semi-permanent closure of the Rafah crossing, after the arrival of Hamas in Gaza, which has led to the increase in smuggling tunnels,” Ali said, referring to when the Islamists routed forces loyal to Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in June 2007.

The Rafah crossing is the only link between Gaza and the outside world that bypasses Israel, and is opened to allow limited humanitarian goods into the region. It was last opened in July.”Before Hamas seized power, the crossing was opened at least twice a week allowing normal and legal passage of Palestinians, of aid and provisions,” he said.The siege has meant a majority of Gaza’s impoverished 1.5 million residents now rely on foreign aid to survive.In January, Palestinian militants blew up large sections of the border fence, sending hundreds of thousands of Gazans pouring into Egypt to stock up on basic goods before Egypt and Hamas resealed the border after nearly two weeks.

“The longer the Israeli blockade lasts, the more you will find weapons, ammunition and drugs. Before, the contraband was more harmless, like food, fuel or cigarettes,” Ali said.
The army officer claimed the new drive against smuggling has meant that not a single weapon has arrived in Gaza via Egypt this year.
“The police regularly find arms caches in the Sinai desert (west of the crossing). (The weapons) never make it as far as the border,” he said. “….

Egypt closes three fuel smuggling tunnels near Gaza border

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Five Palestinians suffocate to death after Egypt blows up tunnel …Egypt uncovers three smuggling tunnels on border with Gaza

Egypt News – Israel sees progress on Gaza tunnelsEgypt steps up its war on Gaza smuggling tunnels – Yahoo! News

I told the PALESTINIAN THUG at Palestinian pundit, attcking Hamas and Syria evey now and then. Geo-poltics worked with Hizbulla, and against Hamas.

Update from Lucia

Relatives of tunnels’ victims accuse Egyptian security of executing five citizenaccused the Egyptian security forces of deliberately blasting a tunnel on Tuesday while knowing that Palestinians were inside it. …The statement said that it was ironic that those Egyptian forces started looking for bodies after blasting the tunnel…. number of tunnels’ victims thus rose to 45 citizens since the start of 2008, and charged that the Egyptian security was obviously doing all what it could to win Israel’s satisfaction.

8 Responses to “Hamas- Pharoah Tunnel WAR”

  1. fatima Says:

    Uprooted :Did you know that Jews were behind the Occupation of Algeria for 132 years ??Bacri and Bouskhnak 2 successful bankers and wheat merchants Of jewish Algerian Origin were selling wheat to France and feeding Napoleons armies and they even loaned money to france but when France economy was down and they could no pay that s when the Jewish Algerians demanded to get paid and in full . the Dey of algeria offered to pay half of France bills to avoid problems but the Jewish bankers wanted ALL the money , and The Rest is history , 132 painful years of occupation , ethnic cleansing , mass killings , plundering resources, leaving behind illettracy , poverty , diseases and totally burnt Forest . So I can see them now behind every conflict in the world , espcially in iraq , right now .

  2. uprooted Palestinian Says:

    and the rest 1000,000 Marytes.”So I can see them now behind every conflict in the world , espcially in iraq , right now”Beware Fatima, For the thugs at the so-called palestinian bloq, Iran is the EMEMY .

  3. uprooted Palestinian Says:

    Thanks locia: Done but I have to store the Tag formatlucia said… A senior Islamic Hamas movement leader said on Wednesday that his movement would call President Mahmoud Abbas “”the illegal president”” if the presidential elections are not held in January next year.

  4. uprooted Palestinian Says:

    lucia said…A senior Islamic Hamas movement leader said on Wednesday that his movement would call President Mahmoud Abbas “the illegal president” if the presidential elections are not held in January next year.3:21 PM, September 24, 2008lucia said…Middle East Quartet is failing, warn aid agenciesSettlements:The Quartet has failed to hold the Israeli authorities to account for the continued expansion of illegal settlements. According to the report, the Quartet has spoken out about settlements 18 times and yet settlement expansion is accelerating and taking a drastic toll on Palestinian daily life.Access and Movement:The Quartet has had negligible impact in their stated goal of improving Palestinians’ ability to move freely in their own territory, to work, reach their schools or access basic services and to import and export goods. The number of restrictions — including check-points, the Wall and restricted roads — increased from 561 in November 2007, when Annapolis began, to around 600 in August 2008.Gaza:Despite the cessation of violence in Gaza, the Quartet has been unable to lift the blockade or secure a significant improvement in the humanitarian situation. 80% of Gaza’s population remains wholly or partially dependent on aid and stalled emergency relief projects have yet to be resumed.(…) ““We are facing a vacuum in leadership. The Quartet has been unable to hold parties to their obligations and this must change fast. The Quartet’s credibility is on the line and we hope it will use this meeting to show it is able to go beyond rhetoric and make a real difference to the lives of Palestinians and Israelis,” said Martha Myers, Country Director for CARE International West Bank and Gaza.3:24 PM, September 24, 2008

  5. uprooted Palestinian Says:

    Bush Lashes Syria, Iran as “Terrorism Sponsors” So Bush is qualified to join the Palestinian thug

  6. uprooted Palestinian Says:

    LuciaI am sure you still remmember, the Palestinian THUG attacking Hamas for months, and then out of Sudden turing 180 degrees to hail Hamas after knocking thr rafah wall.You remember, him critizing Hamas for not doing it again and again,I used to tell him: THE PEOPLE OF MECCA ARE MORE KNOWLEGEBLE. It happened that Hamas was all the time knocking but under the wall, and USRAEL was knocking all the time on Pharoah to to cut the Life Nerve For Gaza Pharoah in his war on Hamas Tunnel network crossed the RED LINE, his terms to lift the siege for releasing and bringing Abass with Arab “pecae force” Shalit shall reach nowhere.

  7. uprooted Palestinian Says:

    FatimaRead this on al-akhbar«صفقة غزّة»: حكومة وقوّات عربيّة وإطلاق شاليط!Gaza Deal: A new government, Arab security force, and release of Shalit. Hamas refuse Cairo deal and Blackmailing

  8. uprooted Palestinian Says:

    American technology stopping HamasUS and Egyptian soldiers pair up in recent weeks in a project to uncover Palestinian weapons’ smuggling tunnels; 42 tunnels discovered in less than a month Alex Fishman Published: 10.02.08, 17:13 / Israel News American soldiers have teamed up with Egyptian troops in the Sinai in recent weeks for an operation designed to uncover Palestinian weapons’ smuggling tunnels underneath the Philadelphi Route, along the Egypt-Gaza border.The operation has already yielded important fruits: Thanks to new, secret American-developed technology, the US Army’s Corps of Engineers uncovered 42 tunnels running between Egypt and Gaza in less than a month, an unprecedented number in such a time span. Gaza tunnel explosion 5 Palestinians die in Gaza border tunnel blasts / Reuters Egyptian forces detonate explosives in two smuggling tunnels beneath Egyptian-Gaza border; at least five killed as tunnels collapse Full Story The joint American-Egyptian initiative was agreed upon half a year ago, during Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s visit to Egypt. American experts arrived in the region a few weeks ago, making an effort to keep a low profile by using civilian dress. The machinery that they brought with them, which probably relies on sonar in some way to identify underground tunnels, seems to be one of a kind. To date, it appears that Israel does not possess similar technology. The recent rash of tunnel discoveries has appears to have Hamas worried. The Palestinian organization has taken to “nationalizing” certain “private” tunnels that were previously run by Rafah families. At this point in time, Hamas controls all underground activity in Gaza. Additionally, the tunnel exposure project has led to heightened tension between Hamas and Egypt. An explosion in a Rafah tunnel, earlier this week, led to the deaths of five Palestinians from the same family who were inside it. Three Palestinians who were able to escape into Egypt through the tunnel were subsequently arrested. The event led to mutual mud-slinging between Egypt and Hamas. The latter blamed the Egyptians for deliberately detonating the tunnel, a claim Egypt denies. Despite the recent successes of the joint project, Hamas has managed to smuggle hundreds of explosives, RPGs and rifles into the Gaza strip.

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