Palestinian killed in Gaza tunnel collapse

Palestinian killed in Gaza tunnel collapse

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A young Palestinian crawls through a tunnel in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip. — Reuters
A young Palestinian crawls through a tunnel in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip. — Reuters

Gaza City — A Palestinian was killed after a tunnel collapsed in the Gaza Strip, Islamic Jihad announced, in the latest in a series of such incidents.

Salah Al-Astal, 28, from Khan Yunis in southern Gaza, died while working in a tunnel, the Al-Quds Brigades, the Islamist movement’s military wing, announced in a statement late on Monday.

It said he had died during the “collapse of a resistance tunnel,” a term used by Islamic Jihad, Hamas and other Palestinian factions to refer to tunnels used in the conflict with Israel.

It was the second such death in 10 days, after another Islamic Jihad member died in similar circumstances on July 10.

A spokesman for the Al-Quds Brigades told AFP Tuesday they would continue to focus on tunnel building as it enables them to “hurt the enemy.”

Since January 26, at least 14 Gazans have been killed in at least seven separate tunnel collapses.

Israel and Egypt have both launched operations to try to prevent tunnelling.

Clashes broke out on the Gaza border in May as Israel revealed a new tunnel reaching into its territory from the Palestinian enclave, after another was discovered in mid-April.

That violence was the worst flare-up between the army and Hamas since a devastating 2014 war.

The Gaza Strip has been under an Israeli blockade for around a decade and its border with Egypt also remains largely closed.

Egypt has also destroyed Palestinian tunnels used to smuggle in commercial goods, cash, people and, allegedly, weapons.

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