Photo Credit: IDF Spokesperson / Flash 90
Terrorist tunnel detected by the IDF, meant for attacking Israel, reaching from southern Gaza into Israeli territory. (April 18, 2016)

Three Hamas diggers were killed Friday evening and five more were injured after being suffocated by gas in a ‘work accident’ while digging a smugglers’ tunnel beneath the Gaza border with Egypt.

The bodies of the dead workers, ages 23, 24 and 25, were extracted along with those of the injured and taken to the Abu Youssef al-Najjar Hospital in the southern border city of Rafah.

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Gazan sources claim Egypt pumped a gas into the tunnel.

The same tunnel had already been blown up last week by Egyptian security officers, the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency reported, quoting the Palestinian Civil Defense. According to the report, the diggers were attempting to rebuild the tunnel.

Six tunnels leading from Gaza into Egypt were destroyed between January 17 and February 4, Egyptian authorities announced earlier this month.

Many of the tunnels in southern Gaza are used for transporting contraband, cash and operatives between the Sinai Peninsula and beyond, for the ruling Hamas terrorist organization in Gaza.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.
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