A report Sunday morning said that a Hamas terror tunnel collapsed over the weekend in Gaza. The tunnel was located under the relatively prosperous Zeitoun neighborhood in Gaza, reports from Gaza said. Five terrorists associated with the Izz a-din Al-Kassem terror group were reported killed.
There was no confirmation from Hamas or the Palestinian Authority.
Recent tunnel collapses in Gaza have raised questions among Israelis on whether or not the hand of the IDF is involved in destroying the latest Hamas “weapon” to attack Israel – but for General Yoav Mordechai, the IDF Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, the answer can only be found Above. In a recent interview with Palestinian media, reported Army Radio, Mordechai answered the question posed on the matter by saying that the answer “was unknown.”
That Hamas has not given up on its use of tunnels to attack Israel was evident from comments by Hamas head Ismail Haniyeh, who said after the weekend funeral that “the men of Hamas are digging their way to the liberation of Jerusalem,” and that “we continue to dig tunnels in east Gaza and conduct missile tests in west Gaza.”
Mordechai told the Palestinian news agency Ma’an that Israel would not tolerate this behavior. Hamas, he said, was using the building materials that Israel allowed into Gaza for the rebuilding of homes destroyed in Operation Protective Edge to construct “tunnels of death,” instead of helping the hapless civilian population. Since the conclusion of Protective Edge in August 2014, Israel had allowed 3.5 million tons of building material into Gaza for rebuilding – but it was clear to everyone that much of that material was not being used for home building, because there were still many buildings that have not been fixed.
Mordechai also stressed that Hamas was taking advantage of Israel’s policy of allowing Gazans into Israel for medical treatment and family visits to smuggle weapons and terrorists into Israel for attacks. This, too, he said, Israel intended to bring to an end.