The Israeli military said that its armored forces had gained control of Gaza's so-called Philadelphi Corridor, a strategically key buffer zone that runs along the eight-mile border between southern Gaza and Egypt that it says served as a Hamas "lifeline. File Photo by Jim Hollander/UPI | License Photo

Israeli forces capture ‘arms smuggling’ corridor along Gaza-Egypt border

By Paul Godfrey |

May 30 (UPI) — The Israeli military said its forces have gained control of Gaza’s so-called Philadelphi Corridor, a buffer zone that runs along the eight-mile border between southern Gaza and Egypt that it says served as a Hamas “lifeline.”

The operation by the Israel Defense Forces’ 162nd armored division as part of its ongoing offensive in Rafah captured 20 tunnels used by Hamas to smuggle weapons into Gaza and dozens of launch pits with loaded rocket launchers used to bombard Israeli territory, IDF Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari said at a Wednesday night news briefing.

“Hamas exploited the Philadelphi Corridor, using it to build this infrastructure just dozens of meters from the border with Egypt so that we would not strike them. This infrastructure was located between 10 and 40 meters from the border, specifically so that Israel would not strike near the fence with Egypt.

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