250 cars a week went through the tunnels in to Gaza?

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    do thay take the car apart so it will fit in the tunnels?
    this most be a good way to lots of money.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/15/world/middleeast/15sinai.html?_r=1&scp=2&sq=smuggling%20&st=cse

    RAFAH, Egypt — The smuggler’s car lot is so brazenly out in the open, it is hard to tell that the business is actually illegal.
    Cars are driven from the chaos in Libya to this small patch of sand amid the fig trees in the North Sinai desert, where Palestinians can pick out their model and haggle over the price. Then they wait in Gaza for delivery through tunnels snaking beneath the border.
    The police have all but disappeared from the northern Sinai since the Egyptian revolution, and the smuggling business has grown so exponentially that Hamas, the militant group controlling Gaza, recently decided to limit the car imports to 30 a week for fear of pollution and traffic congestion in the narrow Mediterranean enclave, smugglers say.
    “There are no police around to check,” one smuggler said as a white Hyundai Tucson with Libyan plates pulled into the lot.
    As law enforcement returns elsewhere in Egypt six months after the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak, there is still almost no sign of the police in Bedouin-dominated North Sinai, the region along the border with Israel that has long been a center of criminal activity. Mr. Mubarak treated it as virtual enemy territory and flooded it with police officers as he sought to help enforce an Israeli blockade of Gaza.
     
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