Gaza - Gazans Work to Reopen Tunnels Bombed by Israel
Gaza - Knee-deep in craters carved out by Israeli air strikes, Palestinians wielded shovels and planks on Monday to reopen tunnels used to smuggle in goods from Egypt to Gaza, as international aid agencies raced to replenish Gaza’s supplies.
Israel promised to ease its blockade on Gaza as part of a cease-fire last week that ended eight days of intense fighting. But difficult negotiations lie ahead, and there is no firm timeline for lifting the restrictions.
Israel’s military said it had accomplished its objectives while Hamas claimed victory after the two sides exchanged deadly airstrikes and rocket attacks for over a week.
During the recent offensive, Israel heavily targeted the tunnels, which are also used to bring weapons into Gaza.
An Egyptian security official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media, estimated that half the tunnels are not functioning.
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