Egypt mulls buffer zone on Gaza border

Egypt is currently considering a plan to set up a 5 km wide buffer zone on its border with the Gaza Strip, senior security sources told Al-Masry Al-Youm on Saturday.

They said that security forces are finalizing a plan to destroy smuggling tunnels, adding that heavy digging equipment was recently transferred to border town of Rafah. The machinery, which uses modern vibration techniques, is meant to destroy the tunnels at a depth of 20 meters below the surface of the earth.

Radio Israel said this week that the Egyptian military will start a campaign to destroy all tunnels within a distance of 14 km from the border.

Translated from the Arabic Edition

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