By NBC News staff and wire reports:
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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