Mideast Israel Palestinians Gaza Tunnels

December 12, 2012 - 3:33 AM
FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007 file photo, a Palestinian tunnel digger, wearing a mask to conceal his identity, removes sand in a bucket from a tunnel underground in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on the border with Egypt. Rafah's biggest business is back in business: Gazans are rebuilding the network of underground tunnels crisscrossing the Egyptian border that were pummeled in a recent Israeli offensive, restoring the conduit for consumer goods and weapons so crucial to Hamas rule. The 12-kilometer, or eight-mile, slice of land at the Gaza Strip's southern tip is humming around the clock with workers carting in cement, bricks, gravel and scaffolding material. The quick rebound has raised questions about how much damage Israel inflicted on the tunnels during last months eight-day operation. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer, File)