A Hamas terrorist was killed on Thursday afternoon and five others wounded when a tunnel collapsed in Khan Younis, in southern Gaza. It was the twelfth Hamas fatality in the sixth such collapse in the past few months.
As a result, the terrorists of Gaza are now said to be afraid to enter the tunnels for fear of collapse and being buried alive, The Jerusalem Post reported.
Until now, the incidents have been attributed to heavy rains and flooding; but it emerged on Thursday that in Hamas some think it’s not the weather but the neighborhood. In other words, many believe that Israel is responsible.
Hamas operatives have seen Israeli anti-tunnel operations near the Gaza border fence and suspect it has something to do with the tunnel collapses.
One Hamas member claimed that Israel is using liquid explosives to cause the collapses, while another expressed fears of Israel’s ability to cause localized earthquakes which could also destroy the tunnels.
Israel has disavowed any hand in the tunnel incidents. In early February, General Yoav Mordechai, the IDF Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, said in answer to a query about their cause during an interview with Palestinian media that “only G-d knows the answer to that question.”