14 Palestinian workers missing in Gaza tunnel flooded by Egypt

Source: PNN

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Fourteen Palestinian workers Tuesday morning were announced “lost” in a tunnel east of Rafah city on the Gaza-Egyptian border, that was flooded by the Egyptian Army with seawater. Seven more workers have been rescued.

According to the Civil Defense Forces in Gaza, the tunnel collapsed due to Egypt pumping seawater into it.

A total of 21 workers were lost in the tunnel, and attempts to locate the missing 14 are continuing.

On Monday alone, Egypt destroyed 20 new-found tunnels, saying that it needs to defend itself and its borders from “terrorist attacks” in the Sinai desert which have caused the death of dozens of Egyptian soldiers.

The Egyptian Authorities control the only non-Israeli crossing into Gaza, which has largely been closed since last year’s Israeli offensive, opening for only a few days at a time.

After more than 100 days of closure, Egypt opened the crossing point for two days last Friday and Saturday, enabling only a fraction of the 25,000 humanitarian cases stuck inside Israeli-blockaded Gaza to leave, and some of the thousands on the Egyptian side to enter.