RAFAH, Gaza Strip, April 28 (Reuters) - Palestinian police accused Egyptian security forces of killing four smugglers from the Gaza Strip
and injuring three others on Wednesday by blowing up their cross-border tunnel.
Under pressure from Israel
and the United States, Egypt has tried to stem the secret passages from its Sinai peninsula, which have allowed Palestinians in Gaza to import weapons and commercial goods in defiance of an Israeli-led blockade
Detonating a bomb underground, Egyptian security forces collapsed a tunnel in which seven smugglers were working on Wednesday, a Palestinian police official said. Three died of smoke inhalation and a fourth from flying debris.
The other three tunnelers were admitted with injuries to a hospital in Rafah
, a Palestinian town on the Egyptian border.
Egypt, now building an underground wall along the frontier, does not generally discuss its anti-tunneling efforts.
Many Egyptians sympathize with the Palestinians and the Hamas
Islamists who rule Gaza and refuse to forswear violence against the Jewish state. (Reporting by Nidal al-Mughrabi; Writing by Dan Williams; Editing by Maria Golovnina)