Record 2.8 km smuggling Egypt-Gaza tunnel found

It’s the longest smuggling tunnel yet, according to reports from Egyptian news outlets. They’re

Entrance to longest tunnel (Egyptian military photo)

Entrance to longest tunnel (Egyptian military photo)

quoting the Egyptian military. Several things are notable here: First, Egypt discovered the tunnel, not Israel–which is to say, Egypt isn’t doing Israel a favor here; it’s working in its own interests to battle jihadi forces in its Sinai desert across from Gaza. Second, this fits into the clearing of a buffer zone between Egypt and Gaza through destruction of hundreds of houses to enable destruction of the tunnels. Third, if you read to the end of this short article, you’ll see that the United Nations (and many prominent Western news agencies) relate the the tunnels as a legitimate economic concern in Gaza, even mentioning here the employment factors in the “tunnel industry.” I wonder if they would relate so sympathetically to, say, tunnels under the US-Mexico border. These tunnels are used to smuggle in the rockets that Hamas fired at Israel last summer, and to smuggle jihadis back and forth from Egypt.

The Sinai-Gaza border is only 15 km (9 miles) long

The Sinai-Gaza border is only 15 km (9 miles) long

Of course they’re also used to smuggle consumer products and food, but the operative word here is SMUGGLE. How does international smuggling get a free pass by the UN and the others? Just because it involves Palestinians?

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