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Egypt crackdown on tunnels strangling Hamas

A Palestinian man calls on smugglers as he brings gravel into a smuggling tunnel beneath the Gaza-Egypt border in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip June 24, 2013. Egypt has intensified a crackdown on smuggling tunnels between its volatile Sinai desert and the Gaza Strip, causing a steep hike in petrol and cement prices in the Palestinian territory. (REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on July 22, 2013, on page 5.

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