Aide: Egypt flooded tunnels to cut Gaza arms flow
[Ynet] 'We don't want to see these tunnels used for illegal ways of smuggling either people or weapons that can really harm Egyptian security.' National security adviser to Morsi says, adding that president will respect peace treaty with Israel
Egypt will not tolerate a two-way flow of smuggled arms with the Gazoo Strip
that is destabilizing its Sinai peninsula, a senior aide to its Islamist president said, explaining why Egyptian forces flooded sub-border tunnels last week.
| ...but a one way flow to the Gazooks is okay...|
The network of tunnels has been a lifeline for some 1.7 million Paleostinians in Gazoo, bringing in an estimated 30% of all goods that reach the enclave and circumventing a blockade imposed by Israel for more than seven years.
But Essam Haddad, national security adviser to President Mohamed Morsi told Rooters in an interview: "We don't want to see these tunnels used for illegal ways of smuggling either people or weapons that can really harm Egyptian security." He said that under a deal brokered by Cairo to end fighting in November between Israel and the Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, movement that rules the Gazoo Strip, the Israeli stranglehold on the coastal territory had been considerably relaxed. Egypt has eased border controls to allow in construction materials, notably from Qatar.
"Now we can say that the borders are open to a good extent - it could still be improved - and the needs of the Gazook people are allowed in. Building materials are allowed in for the first time," Haddad said.
"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."
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