Gaza: Hamas terrorist killed in tunnel collapse

A tunnel collapsed in Gaza on Sunday, killing a Hamas terrorist named Thaer Nayef al-Zaraei, according to Palestinian media outlets.
Hamas terror tunnel (archive) Photo Credit: IDF Spokesperson's Unit

A Hamas terrorist was killed on Sunday when a tunnel collapsed near Deir al-Balah in Gaza, according to Palestinian media reports. The terrorist has been identified as Thaer Nayef al-Zaraei, a member of the terrorist group’s armed wing.

It is still unclear whether the tunnel was an attack tunnel to be used against Israel or part of the terrorist group’s so-called defensive infrastructure.

In recent months, the IDF has uncovered and destroyed five Hamas attack tunnels. The latest was destroyed less than two weeks ago. The Israeli military stressed at the time of the tunnel’s neutralization that even though it crossed into southern Israel, the residents of the area were not in any danger. The military decided to destroy the tunnel by sealing it up rather than bombing it.

“We are starting the week with an impressive intelligence and operational achievement, the destruction of another terror tunnel, the longest and deepest that has been exposed so far. A tunnel whose digging cost millions of dollars—money that instead of helping the needs of the residents, is drowning in sand,” Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman wrote on Twitter following the destruction of the tunnel. “Residents of Gaza, Hamas is burning your money on tunnels that don’t lead anywhere. We will reach every last one of them.”



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