According to Palestinian sources, the terror-tunnel was located under Gaza’s border with Egypt and collapsed from intentional flooding by Egypt’s military.
By Daniel Siryoti and Israel Hayom Staff
A Hamas operative was reportedly killed in the Gaza Strip on Monday in the third deadly tunnel collapse to occur in the coastal enclave in less than two weeks. 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 that the Egyptian military is building along the border with Gaza.
On January 28, seven Hamas gunmen were killed when a tunnel collapsed near Gaza’s eastern border with Israel. Two other Hamas operatives were killed last Tuesday when a tunnel they were digging from Gaza into Israel collapsed.
- With Israel’s blessing, Egypt floods more Hamas smuggling tunnels
- ESSAY: Israel’s choices in neutralizing Hamas’ attack-tunnels
- US Congress Seeks to Fund Israeli Anti-Tunnel Tech For Use On Mexican Border
Meanwhile, Education Minister Naftali Bennett (Habayit Hayehudi) recommended during a recent cabinet meeting that Israel carry out a military operation to combat Hamas’ underground tunnel threat instead of waiting for the next round of hostilities with the 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. All ministers should act responsibly and not try to gain votes with superficial political briefings, which do not reflect the serious, responsible discussions taking place in the cabinet.”
View original Israel Hayom publication at: