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        7/19/2013, Av 12, 5773

      Hamas to Egypt: Stop Destroying Smuggling Tunnels


      The Hamas administration in Gaza called on the new government in Egypt, Thursday to stop destroying the smuggling tunnels on the Gaza border. Hamas said that since the ouster of Mohammed Morsi as president, Egyptian security forces have destroyed dozens of tunnels, seriously harming the supply of goods and fuel to Gaza.

      Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh warned of a disaster if the tunnels are blocked without a new crossing into Gaza being opened. He said he understood Egypt's security needs but the needs of Gaza residents must be taken into account and Gaza should not be strangled.