Last Updated: Fri Oct 22, 2010 17:33 pm (KSA) 14:33 pm (GMT)

Gaza's former lifeline tunnels turned into export channel

Tunnels are used to smuggle all kinds of commodities (File)
Tunnels are used to smuggle all kinds of commodities (File)

The workers herd cows through the dusty tunnels beneath the Gaza border, but this time they are leading them out of the isolated Palestinian enclave and into Egypt.

The lifting of restrictions in recent months has seen consumer goods pour into the Hamas-run territory through Israeli crossings, transforming the tunnels that once served as a lifeline for Gaza into its sole export channel.

The tunnels are still used for smuggling in construction materials that Israel only allows to enter via authorized crossings for projects carried out under international supervision.

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