I met a girl who sang the Blues,
and I asked her for some happy news
She just smiled and sent this link my way
Essam Haddad, national security adviser to Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, has told Reuters that Egypt recently flooded a number of tunnels between Gaza and Egypt in order to cut the flow of arms in and out of the coastal enclave. “We don’t want to see these tunnels used for illegal ways of smuggling either people or weapons that can really harm Egyptian security,” Haddad said in the interview. Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, has condemned the closure of the tunnels.
Haddad noted Egypt’s concern that heavy arms, some of which are from Libya as well as Gaza, are being seen throughout Egypt, and in particular in the Sinai. “[W]e would not like to see arms smuggled through these tunnels either in or out, because we are now seeing in Sinai and we have captured actually across Egypt heavy arms that could be used in a very dangerous way,” the Morsi adviser said. He added: “[W]hen you see there are anti-aircraft missiles inside Egypt and anti-tank weapons inside Egypt ... you will question who is doing this and why.”
According to the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet), “hundreds” of high quality weaponry, including long-range rockets and advanced antitank and antiaircraft missiles, from Libya and Sudan ended up in Gaza through the Sinai in 2012.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – The Hamas rulers of Gaza and local smugglers on Tuesday accused Egypt of flooding cross-border tunnels with sewage water in order to halt a thriving smuggling trade that has propped up the local economy for the past five years.
Flooding the dozens of tunnels that run along the short Gaza-Egypt border was a rare act of tension between the Hamas government and their ideological parent, the Muslim Brotherhood, which now dominates Egypt’s government.
The Egyptian effort appears to be aimed at closing down the illegal routes to better control what is going in. It follows an Egyptian-brokered deal that eased Israeli restrictions on building material going into Gaza.
the tunnels are also easy conduits for weapons and militants to pass in and out of Gaza and the nearby lawless Sinai desert peninsula. From Sinai, militants have launched attacks against Egyptian and Israeli forces.
Smugglers said Egyptian military forces were digging water wells and pumping wastewater toward the smuggling area for the past two days.
One smuggler said he had to halt operations and rush his workers out after his tunnel filled with sewage. He declined to be named, fearing he would be identified by Egyptian forces. An Associated Press photographer at the scene saw at least 15 tunnels also flooded with wastewater.
Still, more than one hundred tunnels were operational, smugglers said.
* One Man Bucket explained for those who have not memorized every word Terry Pratchett ever wrote (in this case, from the book Reaper Man):
OMB is a spirit guide, an exotic foreigner from the great beyond, for Mrs. Cake, who is a small medium at large. She’s also the bane of ALL organized religions, and the postal service. But she does seances on the side, while the sprouts boil. Her daughter Ludmilla is a werewolve. Don’t ask. But Mrs. Cake has perfect precognition, which she leaves turned on most of the time, which can make talking to her a challenge since she answers your questions before you ask them. But you have to ask anyway, to be polite.
This has nothing really to do with the post, except that the picture shows one man, with a bucket.
“Why are you called One-man-bucket?”
“In my tribe we’re traditionally named after the first thing my mother sees when she looks out of the tepee after the birth. It’s short for one-man-pouring-a-bucket-of-water-over-two-dogs.”
“That’s pretty unfortunate.”
“It’s not too bad. It was my twin brother you had to feel sorry for. She looked out ten seconds before me to give him his name.”
“Don’t tell me, let me guess. Two-dogs-fighting?”
“Two-dogs-fighting? Two-dogs-fighting? Wow, he would have given his right arm to be called Two-dogs-fighting.”
At least it’s better than two girls and one cup. I’m going to get my fiance onto Pratchett as soon as I find my copy of “The Colour of Magic” (just to get her oriented). Already started her on Tom Sharpe.
We could flood the whole place with just what runs off Capital Hill.
"OK Everybody,Back on your heads”.
It’s an old joke but you are all old enough here to remember it I hope.