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Report: Hamas Jihadist Killed in Gaza Terror Tunnel Collapse

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The Times of Israel reports: A member of Hamas’s military wing was reportedly killed Sunday in a tunnel collapse near Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip. Reports in Palestinian media identified the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades member as Thaer Nayef al-Zaraie.

It was not immediately clear if the tunnel was an attack tunnel crossing the border into Israel or part of the warren of defensive fortifications Hamas has built across the Strip. Several members of the Hamas terrorist group have been killed or injured in accidental blasts and tunnel collapses in recent years. In 2017, Hamas said 22 members of its armed wing were killed in tunnel-related accidents.

Earlier this month, Israel announced that it had destroyed the “longest and deepest” underground passage leading into Israel from Gaza that it had discovered so far.

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