Hamas militant killed in terror tunnel collapse over weekend

A Hamas militant was killed over the weekend in a tunnel collapse, Hamas confirming the 16th death of a member of its Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades from tunnel collapses.

The terrorist, Khaled Alhour, 23, died over the weekend while working in construction of one of Hamas’s terror tunnels, both Hamas and Gaza’s Health Ministry confirming the incident.

Two tunnels from the Gaza Strip into Israel were discovered in April and May of this year. The tunnels, both around 30 meters underground, were neutralized by the IDF. During Operation Protective Edge in the summer of 2014, the IDF destroyed Hamas’s terror tunnel networks, destroying 34 tunnels. The tunnels were used for smuggling weapons and materials for creating rockets as well as for infiltration of terrorists into Israeli territory.

The IDF and Ministry of Defense announced in May plans to construct a concrete wall will be constructed along the 61-kilometer border with the Gaza Strip, the wall to go several meters underground. The project will reportedly cost close to 2.2 billion NIS, much less than previously proposed projects.

The wall would be Israel’s third defense barrier to be constructed on the border with the Gaza Strip. The first barrier was constructed post-Oslo Accords in 1994, the second following the disengagement from the Strip in 2005. During the disengagement, over 8,500 Israeli, Jewish citizens were pulled from their homes as an effort for resuming peace negotiations with the Palestinians. The Gaza Strip was then taken over by Hamas. Since then, Israel has been subject to rocket attacks and terror tunnels into Israeli territory for over a decade.

Hamas continues to construct its terror tunnel network, the tunnels used for smuggling, mainly of arms and construction materials. Israel and Egypt continue to work together to locate and destroy tunnels from the Gaza Strip.

Video: IDF neutralizes Hamas terror tunnel in April.

This article originally appeared on Behold Israel, August 8, 2016, and reposted with permission.