Egypt Steps Up Gaza Tunnel Crackdown

(Reuters) Nidal al-Mughrabi - Egypt has intensified a crackdown on smuggling tunnels to Gaza, dashing the hopes of many Palestinians that Morsi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood from which Hamas was born, would significantly ease Egyptian border restrictions on Gaza. As a result, the price of cement in Gaza has soared from 350 shekels ($95) a ton to 800 shekels ($217). Palestinians who bought relatively cheap petrol smuggled from Egypt now have to pay for fuel imported from Israel selling for double the price.

2013-06-25 00:00:00

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