Egyptian official says Gaza tunnels flooded, collapsed
Published Thursday 10/01/2013 (updated) 11/01/2013 14:35
A Palestinian woman reacts as floodwaters flow into her house after
heavy rain in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip Jan. 9, 2013.
(Reuters/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)
EL ARISH, Egypt (Ma'an) -- After three days of intense rainfall, many of the tunnels under Gaza's border with Egypt are flooded or collapsed, an Egyptian security official told Ma'an.
The underground trade has halted during the stormy weather due to concerns that many tunnels remain unstable, the official in Egyptian Rafah said.
The tunnel network developed as a vital source of goods under Israel's blockade of the coastal strip and Egyptian restrictions on the official Rafah crossing point.