Egyptians expand buffer zone at Gaza

CAIRO — Egypt’s military has bulldozed at least 140 homes and more than 200 acres along the Gaza Strip border, expanding a buffer zone in an effort to cut off the flow of weapons and militants.

The governor of Northern Sinai province, Maj. Gen. Abdel-Fatah Harhour, said late Monday that the military began a new phase in clearing the zone, which is almost a mile wide and 6 miles long.

Egypt has struggled to combat an Islamic State-led insurgency in the northern Sinai since 2014, and it has built the buffer zone to prevent the militants from using a vast tunnel network under the border that was created to evade a decade-old Israeli and Egyptian blockade on the territory.

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