Worker killed in smuggling tunnel under Gaza-Egypt borders

10:49, March 09, 2010      

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A local Palestinian worker was killed on Monday in a smuggling tunnel under the borderline between the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah and Egypt, medics and witnesses said.

The witnesses said that the worker was found dead in one of the tunnels, adding that his death circumstances were mysterious. However, security sources said the 26-year-old worker was killed of electric shock in the tunnel.

Medics at Abu Yousef al-Najjar Hospital in Rafah said that Nidal Dehliz was killed due to electric shock. The police of the deposed Hamas government said the incident is under investigation.

Hundreds of tunnels were dug under the borderline between the Gaza Strip and Egypt to smuggle all kinds of goods after Israel imposed a tight blockade on the enclave right after Hamas seized control of Gaza by force in June 2007.

Thousands of unemployed Palestinian labors work at the tunnels, which became the main vein of life for 1.5 million Palestinians living in the impoverished enclave.

Gaza rights groups said that the number of Palestinians that were killed in the tunnels, either from tunnels collapse or by electric shocks hit 60 in the year 2009.

The tunnel workers intensified their work as Egypt decided to build an underground steel barrier to prevent smuggling from Egypt to Gaza. Food, fuels and some construction materials are usually smuggled into Gaza.

Source: Xinhua
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