The Hamas underground construction business continues to suffer blows as yet another tunnel, this one in Khan Yunis, has collapsed Thursday afternoon, News 0404 reported. One terrorist was killed and at least one is missing, possibly under the rubble. Khan Yunis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, is about an equal distance from either the Egyptian border to the south or Israel to the east.
Two Hamas terrorists were killed in an earlier tunnel collapse in the southern Gaza Strip on Tuesday night.
One week earlier, seven Hamas terrorists succumbed to a tunnel collapse in northern Gaza.
According to Ma’an, Israeli forces crossed the Gaza border east of Khan Younis on Wednesday morning, advancing 300 feet into the Strip where their bulldozers leveled land. Locals said the soldiers were destroying tunnels.
Hamas has been voicing its suspicions recently that its tunnels aren’t collapsing all by themselves and that Israel or Egypt or both are helping it along. So far this season Hamas has reported the collapse of 11 different tunnels.
Deputy Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh last month said the terror organization has launched an investigation to discover why so many tunnels have been collapsing, burying so many Hamas martyrs. Haniyeh claimed the military arm of Hamas, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, discovered underground cameras and sensors intended to expose the tunnels project and the Hamas activities therein.
Has Israel finally discovered a cure for the tunnels? It’s either that or the Hamas quality control dept. is sleeping on the job.
Hamas claims to have rebuilt many of the tunnels that were destroyed in its 2014 devastating provocation of Israel. Last week, Israel threatened to seal the border crossings to the Gaza Strip as punishment to the terror organization’s obsession with tunnel digging.
In February, Faris Atilla, Israel’s liaison coordinator for Gaza, said in a statement that “Israel knows Hamas and some contractors and dealers use the construction materials for other purposes,” suggesting they were being stolen and used for terror tunnel building.
IDF machinery inside the Gaza Strip during search for terrorist tunnels, February, 2016 (ForISRAEL2014).