A joint committee of Gaza security forces under Hamas has decided to close smuggling tunnels to Egypt at the Rafah border crossing that do not meet safety standards, according to a weekend report by the Egyptian newspaper Al-Shuruq. The committee also decided to perform routine safety inspections and send warnings to owners of tunnels that don't meet the requirements.
The daily cited economic bodies in Gaza who say 15,000 people are employed in almost 1,200 tunnels in the Rafah area. Since 2006, 232 people have been killed in the tunnels - nine of them children - and 597 have been injured. Taxes collected by Hamas on tunnel traffic go to develop the terror organization and Gaza's economy.