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Hamas Polices Seas As Tunnel Smuggling Suffers

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November 11, 2013 AT 4:58 AM
Hamas marine forces in Gaza foiled an attempt by residents to smuggle a car from Egypt on Monday, a police spokesman said, signaling a new area of illicit trade as the Egyptian army cracks down on border tunnels. The case showed the new lengths local smugglers will go to bring goods to market, despite years of an Israeli blockade and sour relations between Egypt's military-backed government and the Islamist group that runs Gaza. Since the overthrow of Egypt's elected Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in July, Egyptian security forces have sealed and destroyed most of the 1,200 tunnels that used to bring food, cars and weapons into Gaza. Hamas largely condoned and had oversight over cross-border tunnel smuggling.