Hamas commander reportedly killed in 9th tunnel collapse

A commander of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, is reportedly killed in a tunnel collapse on the Gaza border.

The collapse is the ninth in recent months.

Since January 26, at least 14 Gazans have been killed in tunnel collapses with both Israel and Egypt operating against the diggers.

The Ein Tzuba tunnel (photo credit: Shmuel Bar-Am)
The Ein Tzuba tunnel (photo credit: Shmuel Bar-Am)

Most of the cave-ins have been caused by Egyptian flooding of the border zone in its campaign to stop smuggling.

An Israeli-Egyptian blockade severely restricts the movement of people and goods into and out of the territory. The passages to Egypt are used for transit of commercial goods, cash, people and weapons, according to Israeli and Egyptian authorities.

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