Hamas Diverting Construction Materials to Terror Tunnels

YERUSHALAYIM (Hamodia Staff) -
Workers offloading truckloads of cement, ostensibly for reconstruction of Gaza, at the Rafah border crossing. (Abed Rahim Khatib /Flash90)
Workers offloading truckloads of cement, ostensibly for reconstruction of Gaza, at the Rafah border crossing. (Abed Rahim Khatib /Flash90)

Israel accused Hamas on Tuesday of intercepting materials brought into Gaza for reconstruction and using it to build terror tunnels, the Palestinian Ma’an news agency said.

The IDF’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Maj.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai was quoted as saying that the Gazan-based terrorist organization has been seizing wood and other construction materials permitted into the territory for construction purposes, thus further delaying the reconstruction program.

“Hamas operatives have forcefully taken over storage facilities for housing construction imports, and seized them for the organization’s underground infrastructure,” Mordechai told Ma’an.

Israel has facilitated the import of 1.7 million tons of construction material for civilian rebuilding since the summer 2014 conflict ended last August, Mordechai noted.