Egyptian leader Sisi orders the flooding of Hamas terror tunnels at Israel’s request
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Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said Saturday that Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ordered the flooding of several Hamas tunnels linking Egypt to the Gaza Strip, to a certain extent, “due to Israel’s request.”
The minister affirmed that security cooperation between Israel and Egypt is “better than ever,” and asserted that “flooding is a good solution” for the challenge of tackling Hamas’ intricate tunnel system used for smuggling purposes.
Last year, Egyptian forces began to flood tunnels dug beneath the Gaza-Egypt border in an effort to curb the use of the underground passages used to bring in an estimated 30 percent of all goods that reach Gaza.
Overnight Friday, Egypt flooded 10 tunnels, using pipes to pump water from the Mediterranean Sea and bring about their collapse.
An additional tunnel was exposed Friday, presumed to have been successfully utilized by Hamas to smuggle weaponry, building material, and rocket part components into the Strip.
Despite continued construction and building of its tunnel system, Hamas has maintained over the past week its stance that “We do not
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