At Least Two Palestinians Die In Gaza Tunnel – Medics

GAZA CITY (AFP)–At least two Palestinians were killed Wednesday when an explosion collapsed a tunnel running under the border between the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip and Egypt, local medics and witnesses said.

At least four people were injured in the explosion, the cause of which wasn’t immediately known, and other people were feared buried in the tunnel in the town of Rafah, which straddles the border.

Several Palestinians have died in similar incidents in recent months in the tunnels, which are used to smuggle arms, fuel and other supplies into Gaza.

The impoverished coastal strip has been under a crippling Israeli blockade since the Islamist Hamas movement – which is sworn to the destruction of the Jewish state – seized power in June 2007.

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