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24 January 2009

As Israeli Bombing Stops, Gazans Get Busy Rebuilding Damaged Tunnels

Sabrina Tavernese, New York Times

It was Friday, the Muslim day of rest, but Gaza’s border with Egypt was a hive of activity. Men scraped sandy soil out of holes that had served as tunnels for smuggling, and were one of the main targets of Israel’s war in Gaza.

Now, less than a week after it ended, Gazans were back, plunging deep underground with lamps to carry rocky loads of soil out on pulleys.

“Everybody’s busy rebuilding now,” said a manager of one digging team. “In a month, it will be back to normal.”

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