With American help, Egypt is reportedly erecting a massive iron wall to prevent smugglers from entering the Gaza Strip through tunnels.
The decision to reinforce current anti-smuggling efforts came after the devastating Operation Cast Lead, which Israel said was necessary to stop rocket attacks.
The extensive tunnel network is used to import civilian goods as well as military weaponry.
For more on recent events in the Palestinian territories, Daljit Dhaliwal interviews Ghassan Shabaneh, a Palestinian-American professor of international studies at Marymount Manhattan College.
Is Egypt justified in cutting off access to Gaza, even if it means severe hardship for the Gazan people?
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