Seven terrorists missing in Gaza after Egyptians flood tunnel
Seven terrorists were missing Thursday after a tunnel allegedly collapsed near Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, according to Arab reports.
The tunnel collapsed after Egyptian forces flooded it, the reports said.
Thursday’s incident was the latest in a string of terror tunnel collapses in Gaza in recent weeks that have killed over a dozen of Hamas terrorists.
The series of cave-ins has come amid ongoing concern in Israel regarding Hamas’ underground activities, with the terrorist organization confirming that it is rebuilding its tunnels and residents of southern Israel’s communities bordering on Gaza saying that they are once again hearing digging sounds under their homes.
Hamas terrorists have used the tunnels to carry out attacks, store weapons and at times to enter Israel.
In late 2014, Egypt began setting up a buffer zone on its border with Gaza, and destroyed 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.
Last month, Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said the tunnels were flooded by Egypt at Israel’s request. His office later said the remarks were misinterpreted.