Palestinian militants from the Islamic Jihad's armed wing, the Al-Quds Brigades, in a tunnel in the south of the Gaza Strip .
(photo credit: MAHMUD HAMS / AFP)
One Palestinian was killed and several others wounded when an attack tunnel collapsed in the north Gazan border town of Beit Hanun, Saraya al-Quds, the military wing of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, said Sunday.
“One of the Jihadi fighters of the Northern Brigade has risen to heaven as a martyr,” the group said in a statement published on its website.
The statement identified the deceased tunnel worker as Ibrahim Hassan al-Masri, a 28-year-old Gazan, who was pronounced dead on arrival at the Indonesian Hospital in Beit Lahiya, approximately 4 km. from Beit Hanun.
“We emphasize that the blood of martyrs will not be wasted and will be a curse that follows the occupier everywhere.
We renew our insistence on the path of jihad and resistance until the complete liberation of Palestine’s beloved land,” the statement added.
A number of tunnel workers have been killed in numerous collapses over the past year, though the exact reasons for the collapses remains unclear.
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.
July 8 marked two years since the start of Operation Protective Edge, the 51-day war with Gaza during which Israel destroyed 32 attack tunnels.
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