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Gaza’s Tunnels Re-Open, With Hamas in Charge – wired

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By Noah Shachtman EmailJanuary 23, 2009 | 8:21:00 AM

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JERUSALEM – The Israeli military bombed hundreds of tunnels during the Gaza war — to shut down Hamas’ weapons-smuggling routes, and to put pressure on Egypt to the militants from getting more. But just days after the battle’s end, those tunnels are re-opening, with Hamas in charge.

Hamas has seized control of all the smuggling tunnels under the Philadelphi Corridor in southern Gaza and has been moving additional arms into the Strip since Operation Cast Lead ended on Sunday morning,” the Jerusalem Post reports. Those passages, “are usually run by local Palestinian clans, and Hamas’s decision to take control is believed to be part of the group’s attempts to reestablish its regime in Gaza. Hamas can now decide what is smuggled into the Strip and give priority to weapons and explosives.”

So now the question becomes: Will Egypt work to stop the smuggling, from its side of the border? Israeli diplomats are in Cairo, trying to make that case. There’s talk of doubling, or even tripling, the Egyptian border force. But Khaled Abu Toameh, a long-time observer of the region’s power politics, says a real change is unlikely.

“We’re back to square one,” he tells Danger Room, in one of several meetings arranged by Project Interchange. “For [Egyptian president Hosni] Mubarak, better for these weapons to kill Jews. If not, they could wind up in Sinai or in Cairo.”

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Just like in The Warsaw ghetto:

Gaza Tunnels: The details, and Warsaw Ghetto

Written by morris

January 23, 2009 at 5:15 pm

Posted in Gaza, israel, Tunnels

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