Egypt imposes life jail penalty for cross-border tunnel use

April 12, 2015 6:20 PM

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Egypt imposes life jail penalty for cross-border tunnel use

CAIRO (Reuters) - People who dig and use cross-border tunnels in Egypt could face a maximum penalty of life in jail, state news agency MENA said on Sunday, citing amendments to the penal code targeting activity in the frontier area near the Gaza Strip.

Egypt declared a state of emergency in the border area last year after at least 33 security personnel were killed in attacks in the Sinai Peninsula, a remote but strategic region bordering Israel, Gaza and the Suez Canal.

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