Egyptian army says it destroyed 1,370 Gaza smuggling tunnels

The Egyptian army insignia. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( The Egyptian army said it has destroyed 1,370 smuggling tunnels underneath the border between Egypt and Gaza, AFP reported.

Egyptian authorities have accused Hamas, which is an offshoot of the banned terror group Muslim Brotherhood, of supporting jihadists in the Sinai Peninsula. The Egyptian army has launched a massive military operation in the Sinai to target terror groups there.

Last week, an Egyptian court banned all activities of Hamas.

Additionally, Egyptian authorities have accused former Muslim Brotherhood President Mohamed Morsi of collaborating with Hamas. Morsi, along with 36 other Muslim Brotherhood officials, are currently being prosecuted for charges of espionage with Hamas. Recently, Egyptian officials also told Hamas that it would hold them responsible for any incidents along the Gaza border, and that it would not tolerate smuggling.

Posted on March 12, 2014 .