Leading Egypt Clerics Back Gaza Tunnel Barrier

(AFP) A council of leading Muslim clerics has supported the Egyptian government's construction of an underground barrier along the border with Gaza to impede tunneling by smugglers, the Al-Masri Al-Yawm newspaper reported on Friday. The Islamic Research Council of Al-Azhar University, Sunni Islam's highest seat of learning, said that the tunnels were used to smuggle drugs and threatened Egypt's security. "Those who oppose building this wall are violating the commands of Islamic law," the clerics said.

2010-01-04 08:38:15

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