Egyptian security sources said Libyan smugglers were arranging for the
delivery of dozens of luxury and other vehicles to the Gaza Strip. They said
the cars and jeeps were being driven through Egypt's Sinai Peninsula and
smuggled over the border via the tunnel network that connects to the Gaza
"We are tracking this flow and reinforced our presence along the [Gaza]
border," a security source said.
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On June 8, Egyptian security forces stormed a tunnel that allegedly was
being used to transport Libyan and other vehicles to the Gaza Strip. The
sources said four Hyundai cars were confiscated near the divided city of
Rafah, a major smuggling point along the 14-kilometer Egyptian-Gaza border, Middle East Newsline reported.
No arrests were reported.
The Egyptian raid came amid the resumption of full operations at the
Rafah border terminal. The Egyptian military regime has decided to allow up
500 people per day, rather than cargo, to cross Rafah.
For at least three years, Hamas has overseen the smuggling of vehicles
from Egypt to the Gaza Strip. The sources said at least 20 tunnels were
designed to enable the vehicles to make the one kilometer trip underground.