Palestinian rescue officials pull one body out of rubble as search continues
for undetermined number of others
Associated Press Published: 11.25.06, 19:42
A tunnel under the border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt collapsed on
Saturday, but Palestinian security officials weren't immediately able to say
whether it served to smuggle contraband or weapons to Palestinian gunmen.
A Palestinian security official said one man was dug out from the rubble and
an undetermined number of others were trapped in the debris.
The official, Col. Hussein Abu Omar, said the tunnel was dug from inside a
Gaza house some 100 meters from the border with Egypt. It was not clear how
far it extended into Egypt.
Abu Omar had no details about the owner of the house or further information
about the tunnel.
Security forces dug out one person from the rubble, and bulldozers were
removing debris so rescuers could look for others.
"What we know right now is that a tunnel collapsed and there are people
inside," Abu Omar said. It was not clear how many people were inside, he
The man who was pulled out of the debris was taken to a hospital, then left
without being questioned by police, hospital and security officials said.
Israel has long accused Egypt of not doing enough to stop the smuggling of
weapons to Palestinian gunmen. Egypt has rejected the allegations, but
recently said it would make a greater effort to crack down on the
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