Gazans hope Egypt will ease clampdown on smuggling tunnels
One can assume that a quiet understanding will eventually enable the Hamas tunnels to continue operating, taking into account Egypt's security demands and Hamas' financial needs.
Last week's terror attack in Sinai, which claimed the lives of 16 Egyptian soldiers, prompted the authorities in Cairo to clamp down on the smuggling tunnels connecting Egyptian Rafah and the Gaza Strip. Dozens of bulldozers arrived at the Egyptian side of the Philadelphi Route and began demolishing tunnels. On the other side, Hamas closed the tunnel entrances, at least for the time being.