Egypt destroys terror tunnel from Gaza Strip into Sinai Peninsula

Tunnel reportedly 1,200 meters long filled with explosives and mortar shells; Egypt continues to increase buffer zone

Egypt blows up tunnel close to Gaza border (AFP)

Egypt blows up tunnel close to Gaza border (AFP)

Egypt security forces uncovered and destroyed an over 1,200-meter terror tunnel from the Gaza Strip into the Sinai Peninsula Saturday.

The tunnel was reportedly filled with mortar shells and explosives according the Palestinian media, the tunnel’s shaft found inside an apartment of an Egyptian smuggler. The tunnel was also filled with telephone lines and electricity.

Egypt began doubling the buffer zone between the Strip and Sinai Peninsula in January, initially 500 meters, shortly after doubling the size of the buffer zone to prevent infiltration into Egypt.

The decision to increase the buffer zone came after the destruction of several smuggling tunnels from the Gaza Strip into Israel and terror attacks in October that killed over 30 Egyptian security forces. Egypt has reportedly destroyed over 1,600 tunnels since the overthrow of former Egyptian President Morsi in 2013.

The Egyptian army engineer corps blew up the tunnel and are investigating the region in search for more tunnels as well as possible infiltration attempts.