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Gazans work to reopen tunnels bombed by Israel

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A Palestinian worker shovels sand as he repairs a damaged smuggling tunnel dug beneath the Egyptian-Gaza border in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip on November 26, 2012.

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Palestinians wielded shovels and planks Monday to reopen tunnels used to smuggle in goods from Egypt to the Gaza Strip after Israel's eight-day offensive against Hamas. Israeli airstrikes have heavily targeted the network of tunnels, which smugglers use to bring in various items -- including food, fuel, construction materials and weapons -- to Gaza's 1.6 million residents.

While many Gazans depend on the tunnels for basic food and supplies, the underground facilities have also been crucial to arming Hamas and other militant groups. Full Story

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An excavator operates at the site of a destroyed smuggling tunnel dug beneath the Egyptian-Gaza border in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on Nov. 26.

Mohammed Salem / Reuters

A Palestinian smuggler waits for a cart containing gravel inside a smuggling tunnel dug beneath the Egyptian-Gaza border in Rafah.

Mohammed Salem / Reuters

Palestinians take a cigarette break as they work inside a smuggling tunnel beneath the Egyptian-Gaza border in Rafah.

Bernat Armangue / AP

Israel's military said it had accomplished its objectives while Hamas claimed victory after the two sides exchanged deadly airstrikes and rocket attacks for over a week.

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