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4 Palestinians die as Egypt floods Gaza tunnel

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Palestinians stand around the entrance of an underground way at the Palestinian side running between Egypt and the Rafah border in the southern Gaza Strip. (Photo by AP)

Emergency workers in Gaza have recovered the bodies of 4 Palestinians who had gone missing in a tunnel running under the coastal enclave’s border into Egypt.

Palestinian sources say Egyptian officials flooded the tunnel, resulting in the deaths. The rescue workers found the fourth body on Sunday after a week of search.

No comments have been made by the Egyptian army yet.

In recent years, the Egyptian military has used wastewater and sea water to flood Gaza tunnels.

Cairo has been repeatedly criticized for its complicity in the siege of Gaza, shutting the Rafah border crossing with the Palestinian strip and destroying hundreds of tunnels.

In September 2015, Egypt built huge pipelines along the Gaza border and flooded the last remaining tunnels.

The population in Gaza relies on underground routes to bring in basic commodities. The densely-populated area, home to over 1.8 million Palestinians, has been under a crippling Israeli siege since 2007. The blockade has resulted in unprecedented levels of unemployment and poverty.

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