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As Another Emerging Terror Tunnel Collapses, Hamas Members Refuse to Dig

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A Hamas terror tunnel, which have mysteriously collapsed one after the other in recent months. Photo: Israel Defense Forces.

A Hamas terror tunnel, which have mysteriously collapsed one after the other in recent months. Photo: Israel Defense Forces. – Members of Hamas’s Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades are starting to refuse orders to dig underground tunnels, which have mysteriously collapsed one after the other in recent months as the Palestinian terror group attempts to rebuild the network of cross-border attack tunnels that Israel destroyed during Operation Protective Edge in 2014.

In an open field east of Khan Younis on Thursday, a tunnel being dug by the al-Qassam Brigades collapsed, killing 31-year-old Muhammad Musa al Astal, Hamas said. Palestinian media quoted senior Hamas officials who confirmed that an additional five tunnel diggers were missing. Thursday’s tunnel collapse was the seventh such incident in recent months.

Following the latest collapse, photographs of “advanced technological equipment for the detection of tunnels” began appearing on Palestinian websites, with one Hamas website claiming that the “Zionists are worried there are tunnels underneath their communities near the border fence.” But the terrorist group has never officially said that Israel is responsible for the collapses.

“The Zionists are nervous,” an anonymous member of Hamas told Israel Hayom. “They’re afraid the tunnels are underneath their homes, and because of their fear they are using very advanced tools to locate and collapse the tunnels. I know of those [Hamas members] who have been sentenced to harsh punishments for refusing to take part in the [tunnel-digging] effort. This is a serious offense, and the punishment for it is extremely severe.”

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  • Randy Tarrier

    This is a good development! People who will not listen to reason must be brought to heel by brute force.
    If terrorists are afraid to dig tunnels so they can commit acts of terror, perhaps they should rethink the whole ‘Acts of Terror’ philosophy.
    The olive branch is a waste of time with these people. Meet terror with annihilation.
    Good for Israel!

  • If we are seeking “original Canaanites” (Palestinians), we need go no further than Ezra 2.60 and Nehemiah 2.10 Sanballat and Tobiah. A couple of local specimens of trouble-making low-life whose ancestors Nebuchadnezzar had considered not worth the bother of taking into captivity and whose progeny have remained in eretz Israel ever since. IDF. Any competent vermin exterminators – step forward!

  • Why are they afraid? After all they want to meet their virgins, so this is one way!!!

    • Marc

      If you saw what their wives look like under the tents that they wear, you’d wonder why more don’t volunteer to meet the virgins.

  • stevenl

    Don’t disturb G-D work!

  • Chui

    Antisemitics are only boxing and kicking against a wall. G-d is for lsrael and no tool or weapon will prevail against a nation owned by God. May GOD for ever defend His people Israel.

  • I’d be fine with Hamas digging a tunnel straight down to Hell, where they could go to visit their dead relatives and their devil god Allah.

  • Peter Joffe

    Those who live by the sword will die by the sword. Now we have a new analogy – “Those who live by terror tunnels will die by terror tunnels.” Is this the hand of our G-d. I hope so and praise be to Him!!!

  • Goldstein…

    Methinks it is awfully coincidental that these tunnels just seem to keep mysteriously caving in…perhaps the G-d of Abraham had a hand in it????

  • hmmm. if I were in charge of cement exportation to Gaza from Israel, would I send the good stuff?

  • Regarding tunnel collapses, Hamas terrorists rethinking that 72 virgin deal.

    • Jill


  • Wm. J. Levy

    First, let’s stop calling these Arabs Palestinians. They have nothing to do with the Philistines who were the original Palestinians and they like the Jebusites, the Etruscans and all the other peoples who have disappeared from history.

    The Arabs are just that. A group of people who moved from other areas to be near work from the Jews who were rebuilding Palestine.

    With regard to the tunnels. I couldn’t be happier and every martyr who died digging the tunnels has my blessings. I would hope that there are 300 million martyrs.

  • Atilla

    maybe the Israelis have modified seismic wave generators that are silent in operation .

    Whatever, this is good news.