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Gaza - Hamas: Collapsed Gaza Tunnel Was Used To 'Kidnap' Body Of IDF Soldier Oron Shaul

Published on: January 31, 2016 05:12 PM
By: Jerusalem Post
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Palestinian Hamas militants display a tank, which they say was made by their group, during a rally in memory of their seven comrades, who were killed when a tunnel collapsed close to the Gaza Strip's eastern border with Israel, in the east of Gaza City January 31, 2016. REUTERS/Mohammed SalemPalestinian Hamas militants display a tank, which they say was made by their group, during a rally in memory of their seven comrades, who were killed when a tunnel collapsed close to the Gaza Strip's eastern border with Israel, in the east of Gaza City January 31, 2016. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Gaza - The tunnel that collapsed east of Gaza City last week is the same one that was used in the alleged kidnap of IDF soldier Oron Shaulduring Operation Protective Edge, Khalil Al-Hayeh, a senior Hamas official, revealed on Sunday.

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The IDF has declared that Shaul was killed in an ambush in Gaza City’s Shejaia neighborhood in the 2014 incursion with Hamas. His body has since remained unaccounted for.

Seven Hamas members were killed in thetunnel collapse last week. Another four survived.

Hamas said that the seven men were members of its military wing, Izzadin Al-Kassam. They were renovating the tunnel that was partially destroyed during the war, Hamas said.

Al-Hayeh denounced UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who criticized Hamas for building the tunnels.

“The tunnel in which the Al-Kassam men were martyred is the same one that was used to kidnap the Zionist soldier Oron Shaul during the aggression against the Gaza Strip,” the Hamas officials said during a ceremony in Gaza City to commemorate the slain the Hamas members.

“The weapons that we possess is for defending our people and holy sites,” Al-Hayeh said. “Ban Ki-moon and all the others need to know that these weapons are for self-defense.” He also accused the UN chief of having previously “justified the crimes of Israeli occupation against the Palestinian people.” 



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 Jan 31, 2016 at 06:31 PM RachelW Says:

Don't these morons get it? That they are being punished for their grave sins and for not returning the remains of a son of Yisrael?

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 Jan 31, 2016 at 08:52 PM PaulinSaudi Says:

So the IDF still cannot find tunnels very well. I thought we read they had gotten new equipment to help.

Is the tank going to shoot the tunnel?

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