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Egypt discovers enormous tunnels coming from Gaza

Post by Guest on Mon Mar 14, 2016 9:01 am

Tunnels big enough to fit a truck have been discovered by the Egyptian military on the Sinai-Gaza border. These tunnels are allegedly the source of weapons being used by ISIS and Islamic Jihad in the peninsula, and point to a thriving weapons industry in the Strip.
Alex Fishman. The tunnels connect the Gaza Strip with the Sinai Peninsula, and are being built in order to compensate for the tunnels which were flooded or blocked by the Egyptians.

These enormous tunnels, some of which stretch for over three kilometers, are designed to traverse the security zone Egypt set up between the border with Gaza and the Sinai. This security zone – which ranges between half a kilometer and a kilometer in length on the Egyptian side – has been cleared out of any buildings or people. The area has also been flooded in order to block the existing shafts into the tunnels.


Weapons cache discovered in a tunnel in Gaza (Photo: IDF Spokespersons Unit)




The Egyptian government also notes another worrying phenomenon regarding the relations between Hamas and the terrorist organizations in the Sinai: it turns out that Hamas has become a weapons exporter to Egypt. In the past several months, several types of weapons were found by Egyptian security forces which bear the markings of being manufactured by the Hamas military wing.
 
Amongst the weapons found were solar water heaters filled with explosive materials, which are one of the deadliest weapons ISIS in Sinai uses against the Egyptian military. The solar water heaters are used as IEDs with the ability to take out a tank. A few years ago, Hamas used one of these IEDs and disabled an Israeli tank.

 

The Egyptian government also claims that ISIS shoots Hamas-made rockets at Egyptian military bases in the peninsula.

Hamas also ships weapons from the Gaza Strip to elements affiliated with global Islamic Jihad which is active in Sinai. These are weapons which were smuggled into Gaza either by the Iranians or from Libya, which then ended up in the hands of the jihadists.


http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4777038,00.html

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Re: Egypt discovers enormous tunnels coming from Gaza

Post by Guest on Mon Mar 14, 2016 9:02 am

The Times of Israel uncovered one way Hamas is making money from Gaza reconstruction despite efforts designed to bypass the terror group. Here’s what Hamas did after Qatar completed some 1,000 housing units for the Strip’s homeless last January:
The Hamas government, the de facto rulers of Gaza, instituted a lottery in which those who had no home could register to win apartments for free.
 
But that was not what was really going on.
 
The winners discovered to their amazement that they were required to pay Hamas $40,000 for each apartment. One claim was that a significant sum was needed to connect the homes to infrastructure such as water and electricity. Others were told that they needed to make a donation for those who were still left homeless . . .
 
At the end of the day, Hamas will be $36 million richer on Qatar’s dime.

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Re: Egypt discovers enormous tunnels coming from Gaza

Post by nicko on Mon Mar 14, 2016 11:26 am

All that building material that Israel let through to rebuild houses in Gaza, seems to have been used to build tunnels! or am I wrong?
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