Egypt uncovers Gaza border tunnels, arrests Palestinian
Egyptian authorities arrested a Palestinian in the Sinai Peninsula on Sunday, police reported.
The man had allegedly crossed from Gaza to Egypt in one of two tunnels recently dug in the border city of Rafah, according to a security official.
The first tunnel was found by border guards and police, who earlier had arrested a Palestinian man in his early 20s as he tried to cross the border in the freshly dug tunnel, the police official explained.
Capt. Mohammed Badr of the North Sinai Peninsula police said the police searched the tunnel and found water and food.
Badr added that security authorities were questioning the Palestinian man.
Another tunnel was discovered inside a residential area in the city of Rafah, Badr said.
Security forces did not seal off the second tunnel because they hope to arrest more people trying to sneak into or out of Egypt, Badr said.
Israel has long accused Egypt of not doing enough to stop the smuggling of weapons to Palestinian militants in the territories.
Egypt has rejected the allegations. It recently said that it would make a greater effort to crack down on the trafficking.