The Islamic terror group Hamas says seven of its members died when a tunnel into Israel collapsed as they were working on it.
Hamas announced Thursday that 11 terrorists were repairing the tunnel to fix damage sustained from heavy rainfall. The tunnel collapsed killing seven, while the rest were rescued, they said. Loudspeakers in Gaza blared Hamas speeches and eulogies mourning the dead terrorists after the announcement.
Hamas has built a sophisticated network of tunnels that it has used to penetrate Israel to carry out terror attacks on Israeli civilians and soldiers. Israel destroyed dozens of the tunnels in the war against the terrorist group in Gaza in 2014.
Three other Hamas terrorists were killed in tunnel collapses in Gaza earlier this month.