Report: Hamas executes tens of tunnel diggers
In order to ensure that their secrets are never disclosed to Israel, Hamas is executing tens of tunnel diggers
according to a report on the Hebrew website Mako.
The mass execution is said to have taken place after attempts
from Hamas to make sure that the excavators knew nothing of the
locations in which they were digging.
According to the Israeli website Mako, extreme precautions were used by Hamas.
“They would take the diggers, about a hundred men, in vans with
blindfolds so that they wouldn’t know the location of the tunnels and at
the end of the day would blindfold them again and return them to their
homes,” claims a source in Gaza familiar with the tunnel industry. “They
feared that maybe one of them was collaborating with Israel.”
The tunnels were guarded by Hamas, via its military wing and commando
units which were created in the last two years, and citizens were
prevented entry as the whole process was done in the utmost secrecy. It
appears, however, that Hamas may have been correct in assuming that
some of the experienced terror-tunnel diggers, mostly from the Rafah and
Khan Younis areas, were double agents.
According to M., a former tunnel digger and Israeli
collaborator, the extent to which Hamas was willing to go to protect its
secrets grew immensly due to the concern that information was being
transferred to the Israeli Intelligence forces. Thus, the Hamas
terrorists were always masked so that they could not be recognized by
the excavators and the latter would go through daily strip searches to
ensure that they were not wearing recording devices or hidden cameras.
“They knew Israel was constantly tailing them and didn’t want to risk
it,” he says.
Diggers worked on average between 8-12 hours with breaks and received
a monthly wage of $150-$300. Most tunnels were built under civilian
homes, chicken coops and pens which were located about two kilometers
away from the border with the Gaza strip. Once they were done digging,
Hamas executed dozens of the tunnel diggers who were suspected
collaborators with Israel.
“They were very cruel,” the Gazan source added. “They annihilated
some of the diggers because there was a rumor circulating that a few of
them had worked with Israel or had been in touch with Israeli civilians.
They feared that Israel would know the location of the tunnels and who
was involved in their making”.
Several tunnel diggers were captured by Israel during Operation Protective Edge. It sounds like they were the lucky ones.
Labels: Hamas, Operation Protective Edge, terror tunnels