Hamas’s “military wing,” the Al-Qassam Brigades, announced on Saturday morning that a terrorist in the organization was killed in Gaza’s Beit Lahiya.
The announcement revealed that the terrorist died when the tunnel he was working to dig collapsed.
Hamas has been actively rebuilding its terror tunnel infrastructure meant to facilitate attacks from within Israeli territory, with the digging said to be taking place six days a week with three shifts each day on roughly 30 tunnels – around the same number as was destroyed in last summer’s war, but in different routes.
Reportedly over 1,000 diggers as well as heavy machinery are being employed by Hamas to construct the tunnels; the current Israeli securityestimation is that the tunnels lead up to Israeli territory, and Hamas will extend them beyond when it feels the time is right to strike.
“For a long time we hear that they’re continuing to repair and dig, and today that (assessment) was strengthened further,” Ilana Amar, a resident of Nativ HaAsara near Gaza told Channel 10.