Deaths in Gaza tunnel collapse

Officials say the tunnel collapse may have been caused by a gas explosion.

    Palestinians say the tunnels are a response to the Israeli blockade [File: GALLO/GETTY]

    According to the Israeli government, the border town of Rafah is frequently used as a crossing point for arms and explosives trafficked through underground  tunnels.

    But Palestinians have said that the tunnels are a desperate response to an Israeli blockade of the poverty-stricken territory, in force since Hamas took control last year from forces loyal to Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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