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Speaking at a Shabbos culture event in Beersheva, Minister of National Infrastructure, Water & Energy Dr. Yuval Steinitz explained that Egypt’s flooding of Gaza terror tunnels was done at Israel’s behest. He explained that Egypt agreed to comply with the request and the flooding was done in cooperation with the IDF.
The minister explained that for now the flooding is a good solution as Israel is trying to avoid another round of Gaza warfare. He added that despite reports to the contrary, Israel is not ignoring the tunnels but rather working hard to address the problem and there is no reason for residents of border communities to be afraid.
There were reports that Egypt flooded Gaza tunnels at the Rafiach side of the border a number of months ago and since then there have been rumors that Egypt has secretly been working with Egypt to prevent Hamas from rebuilding the tunnels.
It is added that despite Steinitz’s words, the actions of Egypt are also to the benefit of Egypt as Hamas’ military wing and ISIS in Sinai maintain close ties to Egypt is pleased to do what it can to cut ties between Gaza and Sinai for doing so is in Cairo’s interests no less than Israel’s.
Photos: One tunnel between Gaza and Rafiach that was detected.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem/Photos: Media Resource Group)