Eight Palestinian operatives injured in Gaza tunnel collapse

It is not clear if Israel has played any part in the recent tunnel collapses.

August 10, 2016 09:52

A gunman from the Izz ad-Din al- Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, photographed inside an underground tunnel in Gaza, in 2014.. (photo credit: REUTERS)

Eight Palestinian tunnel operatives were wounded in a tunnel collapse early Wednesday morning in the northern Gaza border town of Shuja’yya, according to Ma’an News Agency.

All of the wounded tunnel operatives were transported to the Shifa hospital in Gaza City.

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Speaking to Ma’an, Ashraf al-Qidra, a Gazan Health Ministry spokesperson, said, “Eight wounded individuals from Shuja’yya arrived at the Shifa hospital as a result of an accident.”

Qidra added that the tunnel operatives are in mild to moderate conditions.

The report did not mention the affiliation of the tunnel operatives.

A number of tunnels have collapsed on Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad tunnel operatives recently including four in the past month.

After the IDF uncovered a tunnel extending into Israeli territory in April, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed that Israel has developed a cutting-edge tunnel technology to locate tunnels.

Nonetheless, it is not clear if Israel has played any part in the recent collapses.

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