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August 18, 2015 2:55 pm

Report: Egypt Digging Massive Water Reservoirs to Destroy Smuggling Tunnels Running Into Gaza

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The Egyptian army has begun digging deep water reservoirs on the border with Gaza in order to destroy smuggling tunnels and prevent future ones from being built. PHOTO: Al-Jazeera.

The Egyptian army has begun digging deep water reservoirs on the border with Gaza in order to destroy smuggling tunnels and prevent future ones from being built. PHOTO: Al-Jazeera.

The Egyptian army has begun digging deep water reservoirs to be used for fish farming along the country’s border with Gaza in order to combat and destroy smuggling tunnels leading from the coastal enclave into the Sinai peninsula, Al Jazeera reported on Tuesday.

The army began the work two days ago within the area designated by Jerusalem and Cairo for a buffer zone. So far, pits totaling a thousand meters in length have already been dug, reaching depths of up to 20 meters.

The military also started pumping sea water from the Mediterranean into the reservoirs through huge hoses and pumps, in order to increase the water’s filtration into the depths of the soil.

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According to the report, as the water drained into the soil the army pumped in more water to ensure that the earth deep beneath the reservoirs would become completely saturated.

The military’s goal, Al Jazeera said, is to completely immerse the underground tunnels, causing their collapse by loosening up the surrounding soil, and making it impossible to dig future tunnels.

This project was spearheaded by Egyptian authorities as an alternative to digging a massive water canal along Egypt’s entire border with Gaza. The canal concept was scrapped after the Egyptian Army’s Engineer Corps said it would be insufficient for the intended purpose.

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    The land where the Jews were captive, the land where the first attack arose against the State of Israel, is acting as an ally now. Israel’s God is over all!

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  • Chris Moyler

    I am delighted with this news which, because it is Egypts and not Israels initiative, will scarcely cause a ripple in the world’s media.

    It is essential that all these tunnels are finally and completely severed. They have brought nothing good to Gaza, since they further impoverish the poor, lining the pockets of those who control them, and killing many in their construction.

    One important thought. I had heard that excessive extraction of groundwater in Gaza was allowing sea water to pollute it’s aquifers. This action by Egypt may exacerbate this problem, making Gaza more dependent on Israel for its water.

    So this action might well have messy consequences, but Hamas is a cancer which must be stopped. The rise of Hamas is the direct consequence of Israel forsaking it’s rule, a tragic mistake. Drastic action is now necessary to confront Hamas with the Evil root within itself. It is fascinating that it is a primarily Islamic nation that is doing this confronting.

  • Kris Kristian

    I hope that Israel will do what Egypt is doing.
    Dig deep, say 30 meters and flood all the tunnels with all the vermin rats inside, so that they al drown.
    End of tunnels

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