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Two Gazans die in Egypt border tunnel: Hamas ministry
February 11, 2019
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GAZA CITY: Two Palestinians including a Hamas policeman suffocated to death from gas in a cross-border tunnel under Gaza's frontier with Egypt, the enclave's interior ministry said Monday.

Interior ministry spokesman Iyad al-Bozum said 39-year-old policeman Raid al-Ekar and Sabhy Abu Qarushayn, 28, "suffocated due to the inhalation of toxic gases".

Civil defence crews, alerted on Sunday, retrieved the two bodies from the tunnel "after a great effort that lasted several hours", Bozum said in a statement.

He did not comment on the origin of the substance, but a Palestinian security source said the Egyptian military has used gas to halt the use of illegal tunnels it finds along the border.

The Egyptian army could not be reached for comment Monday but in 2010 Cairo denied similar charges after the deaths of four Palestinians in a border tunnel.

Agence France-Presse

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