Palestinian man dies in smuggling tunnel between Egypt and Gaza
Oct. 10, 2016 2:41 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 10, 2016 6:18 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A Palestinian man died after being accidentally
electrocuted inside a smuggling tunnel between Egypt and the southern
besieged Gaza Strip on Sunday.
Local sources identified the man as Hamda Madhi, 25, from Khan Yunis.
Palestinians in Gaza have relied on underground smuggling tunnels across the
Egyptian border since 2007, when Israel imposed a crippling military
blockade on the coastal enclave after Hamas took control there.
Until the July 2013 ouster of Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, tunnels
connecting the Gaza Strip to Egypt provided a vital lifeline for the small
Since Egyptian President Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi came to power, however, Egypt
has strictly enforced the blockade and flooded hundreds of the tunnels as
part of an ongoing security campaign in the northern Sinai Peninsula against
anti-regime militants launching attacks on Egyptian police and military
Egypt accuses Hamas of supporting the insurgents, allegations Hamas strongly
Human Rights Watch slammed Egypt’s military for its campaign against the
tunnels in 2015, during which the group said some 3,200 families had been
evicted from their homes near the border and hundreds of acres of farmland
The group said Egypt had failed to provide adequate proof that insurgents
were receiving support from the Gaza Strip.
The UN reported in February that only a few tunnels remained partially
operational between Egypt and the Gaza Strip.