Israel has hinted at what many have long suspected, that the collapse of Hamas tunnels in Gaza may have been the result of counter-terror technology.
Major General Yoav Mordechai, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), warned Gazans in an online posting in Arabic that the incidents, in which about 30 Palestinians have died, were not caused only by “work accidents.”
“The tunnels are a thriving industry of death in Gaza, MADE IN HAMAS,” continued Mordechai, who then called on the residents of Gaza, “Hamas uses you to advance the interests of the organization. You dig the tunnels for those who do not care about your life, and they become ‘tunnels of death.’ Anyone who approaches the tunnels, digs or lends a helping hand – is sealing his own fate!”
The message was translated from the Arabic NRG Hebrew-language news website.
A senior Israeli security official recently stated that Hamas continues to dig an estimated six miles of tunnels leading into Israel every month.
Mordechai’s post on Wednesday is not the first time that he has hinted there may have been a reason for the collapse of the tunnels.
In February, following the first incidents of tunnel collapses, Mordechai gave an interview to the Ma’an news agency, in which he was asked whether Israel had a hand in the collapse of the tunnels.
Mordechai evaded the question and only answered with, “G-d knows.”