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Hamas member killed in Gaza tunnel collapse

Military wing sends out terse statement saying it ‘deplores’ death of Khaled al-Hoor

In this Monday, September 30, 2013 file photo, a Palestinian worker rests inside a smuggling tunnel in Rafah, on the border between Egypt and the southern Gaza Strip. (AP/Hatem Moussa)
In this Monday, September 30, 2013 file photo, a Palestinian worker rests inside a smuggling tunnel in Rafah, on the border between Egypt and the southern Gaza Strip. (AP/Hatem Moussa)

A member of the Hamas terror group was killed on Saturday when a tunnel collapsed in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian health officials and the group’s military wing said.

The spokesman of the Palestinian health ministry in Gaza, Ashraf al-Qodra, identified the man as Khaled al-Hoor, 22.

The Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades in a terse statement said it “deplored” Hoor’s death.

Israel accuses Hamas and other Gaza-based terror groups of building tunnels that could be used to launch attacks against the Jewish state, and destroyed several during Operation Protective Edge in 2014. Israel has exposed two such tunnels in recent months.

The Islamist movement, which controls the coastal enclave, and other groups such as the Islamic Jihad have a network of tunnels in the Israeli-blockaded territory, both for smuggling and military purposes.

Egypt, which shares a border with Gaza, has also destroyed tunnels Palestinians use to smuggle commercial goods, cash, people and weapons.

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