Israel Bombs Gaza Supply Tunnels

Egypt begins stopping Palestinians from entering
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 28, 2008 11:40 AM CST
Palestinian smugglers move a calf through a tunnel from Egypt to the Gaza Strip under the border in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008.   (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
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(Newser) – As Gaza air strikes raged on for a second day, Israel said it bombed more than 40 Palestinian supply tunnels used to transport weapons, BBC reports. Palestine said one tunnel intended to carry fuel from Egypt to Gaza had been destroyed. Fleeing the southern strip into Egypt, hundreds of Palestinians were forced back by Egyptian security forces who opened fire.

Threatening to add a ground attack to jet bombings, Israel has called up 6,500 army reserves today, pledging to continue its offensive until Israelis in the south can "no longer live in terror and in fear of constant rocket barrages."