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Did Egypt flood tunnels at Israel's request?

Israel's energy minister sparked anger with statements he reportedly made about security cooperation between Cairo and Tel Aviv.
Members of the Palestinian security forces loyal to Hamas stand guard as they view a landslide caused by floodwater pumped by Egyptian forces to destroy a network of Palestinian tunnels, near the border between Egypt and southern Gaza Strip November 26, 2015. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa - RTX1VYBN

It appears Egypt is hiding its security coordination with Israel. Well, perhaps the more accurate statement is, it appears Egypt was hiding it.

On Feb. 6, The Times of Israel published statements by Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz, who said Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has flooded the tunnels on his country's border with the Gaza Strip at “[Israel’s] request.”

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