Well, well, well. The Jerusalem Post reports as follows:
Hamas operatives are afraid to enter underground tunnels in the Gaza Strip, fearing that they will collapse, The Jerusalem Post has learned from Palestinian sources.
In addition, some of the operatives digging the tunnels believe that Israel was involved in at least some of the recent tunnel collapses that claimed the lives of several Hamas men.
The most recent collapse occurred on Thursday afternoon when a tunnel collapsed in Khan Younis, killing one Hamas operative. The collapse marked the sixth such tunnel collapse in recent months – the highest number of collapses to have occurred since summer 2014’s Operation Protective Edge.
Now, I wouldn’t rule out the possibility that some of the tunnel collapses have been due to weather, or other elements. But there are also persistent rumors here, of army units active on the Gaza border, and focusing on the tunnel threat. The report may be a bit of psychological warfare, too, but whichever way you look at it, all these collapses and casualties are the worst of news for Hamas. What worries me is how they react to having – apparently – one of their main terror threats snuffed out.
Read the complete JP report, here.