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Gaza tunnel collapse kills smuggler
AP ^ | Mar. 12, 2008 | Ashraf Sweilam

Posted on 03/12/2008 10:38:25 AM PDT by Alouette

EL-ARISH, Egypt - An underground tunnel collapsed early Wednesday near Egypt's border with the Gaza Strip, burying a Palestinian smuggler alive, a security official said.

Mohammed el-Bashiti and five others had nearly finished expanding the tunnel from Gaza into Egypt when the ceiling gave way, said the official, who spoke on customary condition of anonymity.

The nearly 2,000-foot-long tunnel, located about 30 feet below ground, was an old one that the smugglers were attempting to renovate.

El-Bashiti precipitated the collapse of the tunnel's sandy ceiling when he pushed a pole through to the surface in an effort to show his accomplices where the reconstructed tunnel would emerge to the surface, the official said. The five other smugglers managed to escape.

Palestinian smugglers use tunnels to bring weapons and contraband goods into Gaza from Egypt. Israel says anti-tank missiles, tons of explosives and thousands of rifles have reached militants in Gaza through the tunnels.


TOPICS: Extended News; Israel; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: darwin; gaza; haha; tunnel; workaccident

1 posted on 03/12/2008 10:38:26 AM PDT by Alouette
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To: 1st-P-In-The-Pod; 2ndDivisionVet; A_Conservative_in_Cambridge; af_vet_rr; agrace; Aiko; ...
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Warning! This is a high-volume ping list.

2 posted on 03/12/2008 10:38:57 AM PDT by Alouette (Vicious Babushka)
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To: Alouette
Thanks so much that hudna, dear Ehud.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

3 posted on 03/12/2008 10:41:40 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Alouette

4 posted on 03/12/2008 10:41:46 AM PDT by Vaquero (" an armed society is a polite society" Heinlein "MOLON LABE!" Leonidas of Sparta)
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To: Alouette
El-Bashiti precipitated the collapse of the tunnel's sandy ceiling when he pushed a pole through to the surface

You just can't get good help for $100 million a year anymore.

5 posted on 03/12/2008 10:42:29 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Alouette

Darwin nominee!! El-Bashiti’s fault!!

Gaza will declare this bonehead a martyr killed because of Israel and declare a day of morning. After swarming the hole and crying and carrying on.


6 posted on 03/12/2008 10:43:39 AM PDT by pillut48 (CJ in TX --Soccer Mom and proud Rush Conservative with no dog in the presidential race now *sigh*)
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To: Alouette

Too bad it wasn’t all five but I’ll settle for the one.


7 posted on 03/12/2008 10:45:40 AM PDT by beltfed308 (Heller: The defining moment of our Republic)
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To: Alouette

First the Big Dig in Boston, now this. Can’t get good quality tunnels no more.


8 posted on 03/12/2008 10:45:49 AM PDT by Uncledave
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To: pillut48

The EU will be sending over a team of engineers to help rebuild it, and pressuring Israel to legalize arms smuggling.


9 posted on 03/12/2008 10:47:42 AM PDT by Eleutheria5 (http://www.publishedauthors.net/benmaxwell/index.html or try http://astore.amazon.com/bemasnebo-20)
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To: Alouette

Another day, another “work accident” by an Islamic.

Works for me!


10 posted on 03/12/2008 10:48:05 AM PDT by VOA
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To: Alouette

Slant drill into the tunnels and pump in raw sewage under high pressure.


11 posted on 03/12/2008 10:48:22 AM PDT by Sax
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To: Alouette

What’s not to like!!!
Now the Izzies should go back and collapse this tunnel


12 posted on 03/12/2008 10:49:20 AM PDT by dennisw (Never bet on a false prophet! <<<||>>> Never bet on Islam!)
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To: Sax

How would they know the difference, the smell would be the same


13 posted on 03/12/2008 10:57:27 AM PDT by sticker
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To: Alouette
El-Bashiti precipitated the collapse of the tunnel's sandy ceiling when he pushed a pole through to the surface in an effort to show his accomplices where the reconstructed tunnel would emerge to the surface, the official said.

Is this one of those "Hold Muh Beer" moments?!

14 posted on 03/12/2008 11:04:53 AM PDT by Tamar1973 (Riding the Korean Wave, one recipe at a time http://www.youtube.com/Tamar1973)
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To: dennisw

Or the Egyptians, maybe.


15 posted on 03/12/2008 11:05:10 AM PDT by Ignatz (I gave up self-sacrifice for Lent.)
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To: Uncledave
Who said tunnel?
16 posted on 03/12/2008 11:07:31 AM PDT by Westlander (Unleash the Neutron Bomb)
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To: Sax

................Slant drill into the tunnels and pump in raw sewage under high pressure............

Nah, that would be too much like “home”

Maybe pig innards?????


17 posted on 03/12/2008 11:11:43 AM PDT by aShepard
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To: Tamar1973
El-Bashiti precipitated the collapse of the tunnel's sandy ceiling when he pushed a pole through to the surface in an effort to show his accomplices where the reconstructed tunnel would emerge to the surface, the official said.

Is this one of those "Hold Muh Beer" moments?!

More like --- Hold my hash pipe

18 posted on 03/12/2008 11:27:30 AM PDT by dennisw (Never bet on a false prophet! <<<||>>> Never bet on Islam!)
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To: Alouette; 1st-P-In-The-Pod; 2ndDivisionVet; A_Conservative_in_Cambridge; af_vet_rr; agrace; Aiko
Help me Alouette, I'm torn between sending flowers, or a Contribution in his name to Save the Children. OTOH, his organization trains kids as suicide bombers.

>What's an infidel to do? Is there an Islamic Emily Post?

19 posted on 03/12/2008 11:39:58 AM PDT by Kenny Bunk (Nobama08. Get me a general for President and Steele or Blackwell for VP.)
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To: Alouette

A crushing experience..


20 posted on 03/12/2008 12:11:03 PM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: Alouette

This brings to mind the old saying about pride before the fall’.


21 posted on 03/12/2008 12:25:24 PM PDT by dglang
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To: Alouette

This begs the question why there aren’t daily flights over the area at supersonic speeds. Sonic booms aren’t good for crappy tunnels.


22 posted on 03/12/2008 12:29:53 PM PDT by Malsua
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To: Malsua

Nor is a tank stomping over them.....


23 posted on 03/12/2008 12:52:49 PM PDT by Freeport
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To: Alouette

It seems to me that the Israelis could set up sonar to detect tunnel activity and explode underground bombs to collapse Gaza tunnels.

Alternatively, buried vibration detectors ought to work.


24 posted on 03/12/2008 2:17:45 PM PDT by VA Voter
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To: pillut48

morning=mourning, d’oh.


25 posted on 03/12/2008 7:45:00 PM PDT by pillut48 (CJ in TX --Soccer Mom and proud Rush Conservative with no dog in the presidential race now *sigh*)
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