Egyptian Army Destroyed 521 Gaza Tunnels over Last 6 Months
Army spox says ongoing military operations in Sinai Peninsula having success; over 700 terrorists killed during same period.
Egyptian security forces have destroyed more than 500 tunnels infiltrating Egypt from Gaza, according to state media.
Egyptian military spokesman Mohammed Samir told the state-owned Al-Ahram daily that the army had uncovered 521 tunnel entrances from Gaza into the Sinai Peninsula over the past six months, including 63 openings located between 1-2.8 km from the border.
The Sinai Peninsula has seen a series of major military operations by Egyptian forces aimed at rooting-out Islamist terrorists conducting an insurgency against the central government, many of whom have links to terrorists organizations inside Gaza.
As part of operations, Egypt has sought to shut down the complex and extensive network of smuggling tunnels from Gaza, used to transfer both commercial goods as well as weapons and fighters in and out of the Hamas-run enclave.
Earlier this month, Cairo claimed the Egyptian army had killed 725 jihadists in operations the past six months.
But terrorists have still managed to launch deadly attacks of their own, particularly in Sinai’s restive northern region.
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