Palestinians in Gaza Feel the Egypt Effect as Smuggling Tunnels Close

(Guardian-UK) Harriet Sherwood and Hazem Balousha - The usually clogged streets of Gaza City are noticeably quieter. Construction sites are deserted. Since Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi was ousted by the military on July 3, the Egyptian army has clamped down on the smuggling trade through the tunnels as part of a drive to regain control of Sinai. Egypt is thought to have closed or destroyed around 80% of the tunnels, which provide Hamas with an income from taxes estimated at 40% of the government's revenue.

2013-07-23 00:00:00

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