Seven Al-Qassam members announced dead in Gaza tunnel collapse

PNN/ Gaza/

Local sources from Gaza announced this morning that the civil defense found the bodies of seven members of Al-Qassam brigades in Gaza tunnel collapse.

The seven men from Al-Qassam Brigades (the military wing of Hamas) went missing on Wednesday, when a tunnel has reportedly collapsed due to the heavy rain and floods in Gaza.

The announcement of finding their bodies was made this morning through mosque loud speakers.

Last Saturday, a tunnel collapse killed a 30-year-old man, according to Hamas officials. Residents said the tunnel was located in Al-Maghazi in the central Gaza Strip.

In December, 14 Palestinians were rescued after being stranded for hours in a tunnel near the Egyptian border which Egypt has flooded with seawater.

For Israeli blockaded Gaza, the tunnels are often used to smuggle goods and supplies, especially after Egypt has closed the only non-Israeli crossing point to Gaza, following the 2013 overthrow of the country’s president Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood.

However, Israel says the tunnels could be used for attacks against it.

At the end of 2014, Egypt began the construction of a buffer zone in the northern Sinai Peninsula, on the border with Gaza, including destroying hundreds of tunnels it claims are used for smuggling weapons.