The Gaza Strip’s smuggling tunnels are an illegal method which Hamas and the residents of Gaza use to break the Israeli siege on the enclave. The tunnels are employed for smuggling all kinds of material to and from Gaza. This not only harms Egypt’s national security and causes the spread of violence and terrorism in Sinai, but it has also led to the continuation of the Israeli siege of Gaza. The smuggling via the tunnels is one of the causes of repeated Israeli acts of aggression against Gaza.
The avarice and greed of the tunnel owners and the smugglers caused the inhuman aggression against Gaza which continued for 22 days, resulting in the death of 1,400 people and the injury of more than 5,000 others.Hassan Tahsin
The multimillion dollar smuggling trade through the tunnels has greatly damaged the banking sector in Gaza. It has also resulted in the residents of Gaza losing much of their savings and property.