CAIRO: Specialized forces demolished three tunnels in Rafah, North Sinai, Tuesday, informed sources in Rafah told Youm7.
Two out of the three tunnels were discovered during construction works at the buffer zone of Rafah, and the third one, 1,100-meter-long, was uncovered south of Rafah border crossing between Egypt and Gaza.
Sources added that the destroyed tunnels were heavily used in smuggling activities before the authorities tightened their grip on security in the area following the 2013 ouster of President Mohamed Morsi.
“The digging of a trench adjacent to the border strip between Egypt and Gaza is in progress, and it is scheduled to extend along the border to stop all smugglers’ attempts to construct new secret tunnels,” the sources said.
A one-kilometer buffer zone along Egypt-Gaza border was announced in October 2014 following a militant attack that killed over 30 soldiers in North Sinai.