Hamas operative killed in another tunnel collapse

February 10, 2016 Agencies
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A Hamas operative was reportedly killed in Gaza on Monday in the third deadly tunnel collapse to occur in the coastal enclave in less than two weeks.

An Israel Defense Forces soldier overlooks at Hamas-built terror tunnel in Gaza in July 2014, during Operation Protective Edge. Credit: Israel Defense Forces.

An Israel Defense Forces soldier overlooks at Hamas-built terror tunnel in Gaza in July 2014, during Operation Protective Edge. Credit: Israel Defense Forces.

According to Palestinian sources, the tunnel was located under the border with Egypt and collapsed due to flooding caused by the Egyptian military.

According to other sources, the collapse was caused by dirt ramparts being built by the Egyptian military along the border with Gaza.

Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home) recommended during a recent cabinet meeting that Israel carry out a military operation to combat Hamas’s underground tunnel threat instead of waiting for the next round of hostilities with the Palestinian terrorist group.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon rejected the idea. A statement released by the Prime Minister’s Office said, “We do not comment on cabinet discussions in general and on the IDF’s operational plans in particular.”

A senior Hamas official warned last week that the group’s effort to rebuild its terror tunnel network—which Israel destroyed in 2014 during Operation Protective Edge—is advancing rapidly.

“Israeli technology will not be able to stop the resistance as long as Hamas exists,” Hamas official Mahmoud al-Zahar told Oman-based Alwatan News. “Even if Israel is able to uncover a tunnel, or two, or 10, they [the tunnels] run deep under Israel, beyond Gaza, into 1948 territory.”

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org)

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2 Responses to “Hamas operative killed in another tunnel collapse”
  1. Eleonora Mostert says:

    Hip hip for the Egyptians. Oops Bibi, isn’t it better to stop them coming in then waiting to clean up the mess they leave behind. Israel can’t keep appeasing the Muslims, we need to stand up to them and stop them.

  2. Samuel Terry says:

    Correct me, you sofa boffins in Tel Aviv..
    The only tunnel into Israel, out of Gaza, that caused any problems to Israelis was the one that captured an idiot soldier Gilad Shalit (who was not watching his backside in the attack!) Correct me you armchair boffins! The tunnels are only used for storage of munitions??
    Regards

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