Egypt: We've Destroyed 1,370 Tunnels Into Gaza

Announcement comes as Gaza rockets south; shows yet another sign of Cairo's antipathy to Hamas.

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As Gaza was rocketing the south on Wednesday afternoon, Egypt announced it had destroyed 1,370 tunnels into the Strip from the Sinai, Agence France Presse reports.

The tunnels carry everything from rockets to food and are crucial to both Gaza's military and its civilian economy. They run mainly under the Gazan border town of Rafah.

Egyptian authorities did not say when they began destroying the tunnels. However, the decisive break between Cairo's military-run regime and Gaza's Hamas government came last July when the Egyptian military, backed by massive popular support, overthrew President Mohammed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood-dominated government. Hamas is a Palestinian offshoot of the Brotherhood, and since the two are the closest of allies, Cairo's old-new military leadership views Hamas as its enemy.

Egyptian Army soldiers on duty in northern Sinai.Credit: AP

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