Published On: Sun, Feb 28th, 2016

At least five Hamas men injured in Gaza City tunnel collapse

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At least five members of Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of radical Islamist Hamas movement, were injured when a tunnel they were in collapsed underneath the Gaza Strip, Israel Radio said, citing Palestinian Al-Quds site.

There has yet to be official confirmation of the report.

The newspaper reported that Hamas authorities in Gaza are searching for the people trapped in the tunnel collapse.

According to Al-Quds medical sources reported that five men arrived at Gaza’s Shifa Hospital for treatment in stable condition Sunday night.

Several tunnels running underneath the Gaza Strip collapsed in recent weeks due to a combination of bad weather and activities by the Egyptian and Israeli military to halt the ongoing underground construction.

Earlier this month, two Hamas men were killed in a similar incident and seven more died a week earlier.

Israeli concerns increased on last month after Ismail Haniya, Hamas’s leader in Gaza, in comments at the seven men’s funeral, highlighted the growth of new tunnels.

But Mahmoud al-Zahar, a senior Hamas official, toned down the rhetoric with a statement on the Hamas website denying comments attributed to him that the tunnels had already reached into Israeli territory.

“The resistance tunnels are defensive tunnels for the protection of our people in the face of any Israeli aggression, ” he said.

 

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