Tunnels being dug by Hamas from Gaza into southern Israel have been collapsing with greater frequency in the past several weeks. Last week, a top Israeli general hinted his force might have something to do with that.
At least nine Hamas terrorists were killed last month while working in tunnels running under the Gaza border. The terrorist organization confirmed the deaths and labeled the deceased as “martyrs,” an honor typically reserved for those who died participating in the campaign of violence against Israel.
Heavy rains were initially blamed for the collapsing tunnels, which are dug in an area with soft ground and sand.
But Hamas has been stealing much of the building material entering Gaza as humanitarian aid in order to construct the tunnels, most of which are reinforced with concrete. In other words, it would likely take a force stronger than rain and wet sand to cause such collapses.
The question was put directly to Maj.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai, the IDF Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), in an interview with the Bethlehem-based Palestinian news agency Ma’an.
Did the IDF have a hand in collapsing these tunnels, which pose a threat to Israel’s citizens?
“God knows,” the general replied.