A Hamas tunnel collapsed on Tuesday night in the al-Tuffah neighborhood of Gaza City, Palestinian Authority-based media reported.
Anywhere from six to 11 people were killed in the incident, according to the reports, and their bodies were taken to the local Shifa Hospital.
News of the tunnel collapse comes following reports that Hamas has been investing great efforts and funds into rebuilding its terror tunnel network that was destroyed during Operation Protective Edge in the summer of 2014.
32 out of 49 terror tunnels were identified and destroyed by IDF forces during Operation Protective Edge. Roughly one-third of the tunnels were dug east of the security fence; on Israeli soil.
While it is unclear how many tunnels were rebuilt and how many were newly dug, the report said that the number of currently existing tunnels most likely is similar to their number before Protective Edge.
We’ll get to that shortly. More about this incident:
Hamas on Wednesday tried to keep under wraps the details of a reported Gaza Strip tunnel collapse, the day after the cave-in killed several members of the terror group.
In a bid to keep a lid on the disaster, the group, which is the de facto ruler in Gaza, prevented local media from reporting the incident, which occurred in the Al-Tuffah neighborhood in northeastern Gaza City.
Hamas accused Israel of causing the collapse by opening dams to flood Gaza with water — an annual claim made by Palestinians and flatly rejected by Israel.
Ha. Accusing Israel of providing too much water makes fow a switch:
The severe shortage of fresh water in Gaza pre-dates the Egyptian campaign, the 2014 Gaza war, and even Israel’s capture of Gaza in 1967.
“This severe shortage has steadily worsened over the past few years as a result of the increasing population [and not] seriously developing the water and sanitation sectors,” water expert Ahmed Hillis told Gaza reporter Mohammed Othman in May 2015.4 “[This] has caused another major problem: deterioration in the [water] quality, as seawater is entering the aquifers as a result of aquifers being overdrawn. The Gaza Strip has more than 6,000 wells, most of which are unlicensed…”
These unregistered wells have resulted in the decline of Gazan water quality and water tables.
The “Egyptian campaign” refers to Egypt’s flooding of Hamass’ tunnels with sea water. To create “fish farms”. Hence our slogans, Tilapia not Terrorists, and Halibut not Hamass.
The “besieged” and “blockaded” Gaza has replaced the entire tunnel network Israel “destroyed” a year and a half ago. I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a lot of human and financial capital expended. Where did the “impoverished” strip find the money?
More to the point, why should Israel have to do the same thing all over again? Many lives were lost for no permanent gain. Follow Egypt’s lead, Israel: no more fire, the water next time.