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Angry at Hamas' ability to fire rockets at Israel, the United States last year allocated $23 million to help train Egyptian officials to stop the smuggling into Gaza through tunnels at a border plagued by crisis and corruption.
Months later, there is little noticeable effect: Smuggling has continued at a robust pace, allowing Hamas militants in Gaza to gain rockets to shoot at Israeli citizens. Israel's military says about 300 tunnels ran under the Gaza-Egypt border before its military offensive began Dec. 27. Since then, Israel has bombed dozens of them.
Originally posted by paul76
It's the same as inside any jail in any country. It doesn't matter how much they spend on security and other measures, contraband and drugs will always get into the prison system. There will always be corruption and collusion.
I think the same goes for the Egyptian border. Hamas will always have sympathisers in Egypt willing to turn a blind eye or even actively help in the smuggling of weapons. This may be because they're being paid well or it could be they just simply support Hamas cause.
I can't see how they can completely stop the smuggling of weapons into Gaza. I suppose there's good money to made by people who earn relatively low wages.