Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

7/27/2014 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Despite efforts to destroy tunnels, most of Gaza gets supplies from large underground network

Cut off from the rest of the world with three sides enforced by Israel and Egypt, coupled with shelling maintained by sea and in the air above its coastal strip, Gazans have found a way around their confinement by tunneling underground.

Other than giving Hamas tax revenue and weapons, the tunnels supply in-demand civilian goods like food and medicine, as well as infrastructure materials including concrete and fuel.

Other than giving Hamas tax revenue and weapons, the tunnels supply in-demand civilian goods like food and medicine, as well as infrastructure materials including concrete and fuel.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

7/27/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in Middle East

Keywords: Hamas, tunnels, Gaza, underground, economy


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Shoehorned into a 139-square-mile territory, the 1.8 million Palestinians have had to rely on tunnels since 2007. Goods continue to arrive underground from Egypt through the city of Rafah, in spite of efforts in the last years from successive Egyptian governments to close some of the tunnels.

Other than giving Hamas tax revenue and weapons, the tunnels supply in-demand civilian goods like food and medicine, as well as infrastructure materials including concrete and fuel.

SAVE Iraqi Christians from Genocide

Smuggling routes on the Egyptian border are also crucial for the movement of imports. Many of the tunnels provide passage under populated urban areas. The tunnels also serve as a place where Hamas leaders and their weapons are shielded from potential air attacks. Militarily, the tunnels on the eastern border are designed for incursions into Israel.

Some of the tunnels originate near the Israeli border in the Gaza City suburb of Shujaiya. Clashes there this past weekend saw a sharply increased death toll on both sides.

Hamas says it justifies its investment in the tunnels because the underground network is an "existential issue for the movement," Dan Murphy, a Middle East correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor, says.

The Gaza tunnels have been a part of everyday life since the 1980s. Their importance grew after Hamas routed Fatah, and Israel subsequently placed severe restrictions on the territory. The result was that more of Gaza's underground trade shifted to the Egyptian border, and the Hamas-controlled Interior Ministry's Tunnel Affairs Commission began to regulate commerce.

The tunnels reportedly funneled some $700 million into Gaza's economy and provided employment for as many as 7,000 people at their peak. The lucrative if dangerous traffic is thought to continue today through about 500 tunnels.

Before Egypt cracked down last year, even flooding some of the tunnels with sewage, the U.N. estimated that a peak volume of some 500 tons of steel and 3,000 tons of cement moved across a stretch of border just a few miles wide each day.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copyright 2016 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for August 2016
Universal:
Sports: That sports may be an opportunity for friendly encounters between peoples and may contribute to peace in the world.
Evangelization: Living the Gospel: That Christians may live the Gospel, giving witness to faith, honesty, and love of neighbor.



Comments


More Middle East

The price of war: Child victims ignored in fight for power (WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES) Watch

Image of Omran Daqneesh, dazed and soaked in his own blood, witnessed his home being destroyed (Polaris).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The air is thick with dust and the ground is littered with debris. Buildings are crumbling and the sound of warplanes no longer send Syria's people running.This is the norm for Syria's citizens and her children are the most innocent of the victims. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


Has the world forgotten about the Christian genocide in the Middle East? Watch

Image of Christians are still being murdered by ISIS which is extending its reach.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

It may be the tragedy of the 21st century, and it's still ongoing, but most of the world seems to have forgotten. Two years ago, there was a massive outpouring of support for Christians in Syria and Iraq. Today, there's no more mention of them. What happened? LOS ... continue reading


Carmelites refuse to leave - Only 40,000 Christians left in Aleppo amid continuous airstrikes Watch

Image of Carmelites refuse to leave Aleppo.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Syrian and Russian forces continue to bombard Syria with continuous airstrikes but Carmelite nuns refuse to leave their convent. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to the <a ... continue reading


ISLAM is the RELIGION OF PIECES - Here is a list of every terror attack in the past 30 days Watch

Image of

By David Drudge (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Islam, the "religion of peace" has killed over 1,000 people and injured nearly another 2,000 in the past 30 days alone. The peaceful religion of Islam makes one shiver to think what a hostile religion would do. Buddhism.Christianity.Islam.Hinduism.Taoism.One of these ... continue reading


Hostage proves Obama is a LIAR about Iran ransom money Watch

Image of American pastor, Saeed Abedini told Trish Regan that his captors explained the U.S. was paying ransom to Iran.

By David Drudge (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

There's new evidence that Obama's $400 million payment to Iran was ransom money. One of the hostages freed by Obama's timely payment told "The Intelligence Report" that their captors said they were waiting on another plane, referring to the money. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


Christian persecution rises and the West does nothing Watch

Image of Christian persecution continues.

By Kevin J. Jones (CNA/EWTN News)

Religious freedom is for non-Muslims in the Middle East, too, a Syrian Catholic leader said in a strong warning about the future of the region's Christians and about the "Machiavellian" nature of Western foreign policy. Toronto, Canada (CNA/EWTN News) - "My friends, ... continue reading


Jesus the 'slave of Allah?' - Islamic State magazine mocks Christ Watch

Image of The Islamic State's latest issue of Dabiq claims Christ was a slave to Allah (Dabiq).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

This month's issue of the Islamic State's English-language magazine, Dabiq, featured an article on why Jesus is a "slave of Allah." LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to the magazine, which can be read in full at Heavy.com, radicals truly believe everyone, ... continue reading


U.S. backs Libyan forces in fight against ISIS Watch

Image of Libya requests airstrikes in Sirte.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The Pentagon announced no aid would come to the Libyans until their fractured government could reach a clear consensus on the leading party, but the United States responded to the country's cry for military aid anyway. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - ISIS forces ... continue reading


'I think the international community should stand up for its obligations': Human Rights leader demands help to end Yazidi sex slavery Watch

Image of Human Rights leader calls for end to Yazidi sex slavery (Reuters).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Executive director of the YAZDA advocacy group, Murad Ismael, spoke at a religious freedom conference in Georgetown University last week to call attention to Yazidi sex slaves at the hands of ISIS. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - YAZDA, a humanitarian group aiming ... continue reading


Christian persecution intensifies after coup in Turkey Watch

Image of The number of Christians living in countries dominated by Islam is dwindling.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

As Turkey recovers from a massive coup attempt, it is Christians who pay the price. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - Muslim attacks on Christians have increased, since the July 15 coup attempt. Since the coup, there has been a resurgence of Sunni religious ... continue reading


All Middle East News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Revelation 21:9-14
9 One of the seven angels that had the seven bowls full of the seven ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 145:10-11, 12-13, 17-18
10 All your creatures shall thank you, Yahweh, and your faithful shall ... Read More

Gospel, John 1:45-51
45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, 'We have found him of whom ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for August 24th, 2016 Image

St. Bartholomew
August 24: St. Bartholomew, 1st. century, one of the 12. ... Read More