CAIRO: Border guards of the Second Field Army in cooperation with the Armed Forces Engineering Authority demolished eight tunnels under the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and Gaza, in a statement issued by border guards forces Tuesday.
The army arrested two Palestinians who allegedly attempted to sneak through the Rafah border crossing Tuesday as well as to seize two motorcycles which it said had been used in targeting security sites.
Two out of eight tunnels were uncovered inside one house, taking the total number of destroyed tunnels to 1,725, statement read.
Border guards of the Third Field Army also seized three tons of narcotics in Raas Sadr and Raas Ghareb areas.
Guards of the military Western region were able to seize a vehicle carries 450,000 Tramadol capsules and 100 kg of hashish in Salloum, Youm7 reported Tuesday.
Since the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi in July, Egypt- Hamas ties have been strained as armed forces have destroyed smuggling tunnels at the Gaza-Egypt border.
Cairo has accused Hamas of ties with the Muslim Brotherhood group in carrying out terror attacks in the past few years, but Hamas has repeatedly denied all accusations.
On March 4, the Cairo Court for Urgent Matters of issued a ruling banning any activities of Hamas within Egyptian territory.
“Hamas has no existence in Egypt,” Hamas leader and deputy head of foreign affairs Ghazi Hamad told The Cairo Post via telephone in March.