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Egypt has destroyed 1,370 Gaza smuggling tunnels, army announces
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_01_Gaza99(4).jpgEgypt's military said on Wednesday that it had destroyed 1,370 tunnels under its border with the Gaza Strip, as Cairo's ties remain sour with the Hamas movement that rules the Palestinian enclave, AFP reported. 
Ties took a turn for the worse after the military's July ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, who belongs to the Muslim Brotherhood, with which Hamas is affiliated.
The statement did not say when the tunnels were destroyed, but the military has poured troops into the adjacent Sinai Peninsula to counter militancy that has grown since July.
The tunnels, under the town of Rafah, are used to transfer food, fuel and consumer products into the densely populated Palestinian enclave.
Gaza has been under blockade since 2006, after militants captured an Israeli soldier in a cross-border raid.
Hamas has denied Egyptian accusations that it is involved in fighting in the restive Sinai Peninsula.
On March 4, an Egyptian court banned Hamas from operating in Egypt and ordered the seizure of its assets there.
The Brotherhood has also been designated as a "terrorist organization" by Egypt's military-installed authorities.

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