Gaza Submerged by Seawater Pumped by Egypt

(Anadolu via MEMO, file)

Palestine’s interior ministry in Gaza said on Friday that wide swathes of land have been submerged by seawater pumped by the Egyptian army to flood the tunnels linking Egypt with the coastal enclave, Quds Press reported.

In a statement, the ministry said that: “The Egyptian army continues pumping seawater into the soil [along the Gaza Strip borders with Egypt] and flooding the tunnels.”

About two months ago, the Egyptian army started pumping seawater into the border area in order to submerge the tunnels.

Before the start of the military rule in Egypt in August 2013, the tunnels were used for smuggling essential supplies for Palestinians, who have been under a strict Israeli and Egyptian siege since mid-2007.

(Middle East Monitor)

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