Emergency workers have recovered five bodies and rescued some 10 survivors from the rubble of what appears to be a tunnel in Gaza hit by Israeli bombardment, medics and witnesses say.
Israel has said it bombed many kilometers of subterranean passages used by the terror group Hamas.
Raed al-Dahshan, deputy head of Gaza’s civil defense, said they are still sifting through the rubble to find more bodies, hours after a ceasefire ended 11 days of Israeli airstrikes on the besieged coastal enclave.
“The civil defense and the ministry of public works and municipalities are working to clear away the rubble,” he says. “We are continuing to look for the missing under the debris. But it’s tough work because we don’t have the heavy equipment to search, so many injured are dying under the rubble.”
The recovered bodies take the death toll from Israeli airstrikes since May 10 to 243, including 66 minors, the Hamas-run health ministry says.