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August 11, 2014 7:09 pm

Report: Tens of Terror-Tunnel Diggers Executed by Hamas

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A Hamas terror tunnel discovered by the IDF in Gaza. Photo: IDF.

Tens of tunnel diggers working in Hamas’s service were killed by the terror group in the past weeks, according to Israel’s Walla news site.

Hamas eliminated the workers out of fear that they would reveal secrets to Israeli security forces.

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The report further sheds light on the extremely difficult terms under which the tunnel diggers were employed by Hamas, in many cases under coercion.

“They would take some 100 men in trucks, their eyes blindfolded so that they could not know the accurate location of the tunnel entries. Hamas were fearful that one of them was collaborating with Israel,” a Gazan source well acquainted with the tunnel industry was cited in the report saying.

The excavators worked shifts of up to 24 hours long, toiling for eight to 12 hours underground with intermissions and were paid the low wage of $150-$300 per month. Many of the diggers are veterans of the smuggling tunnels from the Sinai Peninsula to the Gaza Strip.

M, an unnamed collaborator with Israel who was extracted from Gaza, recounted extremely high security standards upheld by the Hamas for which a special security task force was established. He said that in many cases the workers were frisked for various forms of electronic recording and monitoring devices.

“Hamas knows that Israel is monitoring them and doesn’t want to take any risks. They go through their clothing to check for tracking devices. Hamas operatives in charge are masked. No one knows them by their real name,” M added.

This special security detail is also tasked with securing the tunnel entrances and ensuring that unwanted guests are kept away.

“Anyone suspected of providing Israel with information is killed,” the Gazan source stated, “they killed several of the diggers because there were rumors that some of them work for Israel or were in contact with Israeli civilians who they knew from their time as construction workers in Israel. They were very cruel.”

A 2012 Journal of Palestine Studies article reports 160 Palestinian children were killed while working on Hamas’s tunnel system.

Some 300 terrorists were arrested by the IDF and Shabak during Operation Protective Edge, several of them involved in Hamas’s terror tunnel network. 

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  • sh

    Nice balanced answer that – ‘all lie’. Pretty typical of your ilk though. How about saying WHY you know this is ‘all lie’? Perhaps you are just stating your wishes hmm??

  • A. Sanders

    Thanks Hamas for doing the job for us.

  • Yoav Naor

    Don’t expect anything much from this corrupt parasitic nepotistic UN organization.States that have the worlds worst Human Rights records call the shots in this sick UN organization…Israel should show some backbone and not cooperate with them…In fact don’t let them step into Israel..Egypt wold not allow HRW chief Kenneth Roth and another senior staff member into Egypt,they were sent packing…Israel should do the same.

  • jamal

    all lie…

    • Gentile Supporter of Israel (secular right-wing)

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      I know English is hard, but people might misunderstand if you are not careful with your meaning. On the upside, if you make the previous improvement you will find you have lots of friends and supporters on this site. And the only people who will disagree with that statement will be doomed terrorist supporting human filth and trash anyway, so their opinions don’t matter.

  • Carl

    Oh my, this certainly sounds like a situation HRW, Amnesty, and the UN will be all over! not… Bet the deaths will be added to those attributed to Israel, though.