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Palestinians survey the damage to a smuggling tunnel after it was targeted in an Israeli air strike in Rafah

Palestinians survey the damage to a smuggling tunnel after it was targeted in an Israeli air strike in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip in February 2012. Israel's Shin Bet said on Wednesday it was holding a Palestinian from the Gaza Strip who was allegedly involved in planning a suicide attack and the kidnapping of an Israeli soldier

Gaza's smuggling tunnels

Egypt's crackdown on smuggling tunnels along its

border with the Gaza Strip is making shortages ever tighter and has

forced the enclave's Islamist Hamas rulers to consider urgent

alternatives. Hamas officials asked Egypt late on Monday to consider

alternative trade routes, such as a free trade zone, a direct deal that

could boost Hamas tax revenues and circumvent rival Fatah's and Israel's

control of official imports to Gaza.