Friday, January 30, 2009

UPI - Egyptians make tunnel study on U.S. border

WASHINGTON, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- A delegation of Egyptian engineers has been sent to the U.S.-Mexico border to learn ways to destroy smuggling tunnels, The Jerusalem Post reported Thursday.

The U.S. government has already placed military engineers with tunnel detection equipment in the Sinai to assist Egyptians in uncovering and destroying Hamas's smuggling tunnels.

The Egyptian military also was expected to receive new tunnel detection equipment from Germany to be used along the Philadelphi Corridor, a strip of land along the border between Israel and Egypt.

The tunnels along the southern U.S. border are used to move drugs and illegal migrants into the United States from Mexico.

Israeli military officials said that Egypt, the United States and the European Union will begin holding regular meetings in the coming weeks on weapons shipments being sent to Hamas by Iran.

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