Why Egypt Flooded the Tunnels
By Micah Halpern
Tuesday February 19, 2013
I've Been Thinking:
One of the most common questions posed to me over the weekend was - why has Egypt flooded the tunnels between Gaza and Egypt.
The answer is that Egypt has been hurt badly by weapons and by people making their way through the tunnels all in order to attack Egypt.
The reality is that now only 30% of the goods in Gaza come through the tunnels and almost all of that is illegal. Compare that to the 100% figure of only a few months ago.
This is the answer, according to Reuters, given by Essam Haddad, President Morsi's National Security Adviser, to the tunnel question: "And on the other side, we would not like to see arms smuggled through these tunnels either in or out, because we are now seeing in Sinai and we have captured actually across Egypt heavy arms that could be used in a very dangerous way."
Last week Egypt stopped two tons of explosives making their way to the tunnels en route to Gaza. The Egyptians stopped the delivery en route because once they are in Gaza the goods can be allocated for operations against Egypt.
Six months ago, in August, terrorists from Gaza attacked and killed 16 Egyptian police in the Sinai.
This week alone two sets of Israeli security teams are meeting in
Terrorists almost as interested in destroying Egypt as they are in destroying Israel.
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