Hamas Says Egypt Kills Four Tunnel Smugglers With Gas

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip ― Palestinian officials in Gaza say Egyptian forces have pumped gas into a cross-border smuggling tunnel, killing 4 Palestinians.

A Hamas security official in charge of the tunnel area says the Egyptians filled the passage with gas Wed. 28. Gaza doctor Hamdan Abu Latifa said the smugglers suffocated.

The Hamas official spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to give his name.

The tunnels have been an economic lifeline for Gaza, blockaded by Israel and Egypt as Hamas seized the territory in the year 2007. Weapons have also moved through the tunnels.

There was no comment from Egypt, which has been beleaguered to choke off the smuggling. Hamas says Egypt has blown up many tunnel entrances recently.

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