New Gaza tunnel collapse brings death toll to 10

A terrorist died on Monday when a tunnel he was trying to restore collapsed near Gaza’s border with Egypt, Palestinian medical and security sources said.

The death brings to 10 the number of Gazans killed in three separate tunnel collapses in two weeks.

The terrorist was killed “as a result of a collapse of a mass of sand” inside a tunnel previously used to smuggle goods, a security source said. He had been trying to restore the damage caused by Egypt flooding the tunnel, the source added.

A medical source identified him as Mussa Jaber al-Maadi, 24 and from Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.

Nine other Palestinians died in two unrelated tunnel collapses in the past two weeks, all of them members of the Al-Qassam Brigades – the “military wing” of the Hamas terrorist organization which controls Gaza.

In late 2014, Egypt began setting up a buffer zone on its border with Gaza, occupying a large swath of land in Gaza and destroying hundreds of tunnels used for smuggling weapons and other items.

In September 2015, Egyptian forces carried out digging work that Palestinians say led to the flooding of the last remaining tunnels there.