Gaza, Press TV- Palestinian resistance movement Hamas has called on the Egyptian government to stop submerging the border area between the Gaza Strip and Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.
“We are holding official contacts with Cairo to halt this move,” Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said in statement issued on Sunday.
Zuhri stressed that Cairo’s measure would impact Palestinians’ livelihood negatively as it endangers the underground waters in the area and might even damage the houses on the Palestinian side of the border.
“We hope that [Cairo] would accept our request to halt these rejected measures,” he added.
Earlier this month, the Egyptian military started to flood the borderline with seawater in an attempt to annihilate the underground tunnels used by Palestinians to bring in supplies to the strip, which has been under a crippling siege by the Tel Aviv regime since 2007.
“The Egyptian army has begun to build huge pipelines along the border with the Gaza Strip,” a Palestinian security source confirmed on September 2.
The Egyptian army claims that the tunnels are “used by terrorists and criminals” to smuggle weapons to militants operating in the violence-ravaged Sinai Peninsula.
Since the military coup that ousted Egypt’s first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, in 2013, Cairo has adopted restrictive measures against over 1.8 million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.
Under the Israeli and Egyptian restrictive regulations, Palestinians are deprived of their basic right to import and export goods in the coastal sliver, thus left with no option other than using the tunnels to procure their needed materials.
The enclave has also been through three Israeli wars since 2008. Last summer, the Tel Aviv regime launched a 50-day military offensive against the besieged coastal sliver, killing 2,140 Palestinians, including 557 children.