As the dust settles in Gaza, Palestinians and Israelis are enjoying some peace and quiet thanks to the current ceasefire. Hamas terrorists have come out of hiding and are patrolling the streets once again.
According to a report in the Times of Israel, Hamas has executed dozens of attack tunnel diggers in Gaza because of their suspected collaboration with Israeli intelligence agencies.
The Mako website reports that Hamas was extremely careful not to reveal the locations of the terror tunnels, even to the very people who were digging them. The site reports on a source in Gaza who is familiar with the tunnels operation there:
“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. They feared that maybe one of them was collaborating with Israel.”
The Israel National News website reported that the tunnels were guarded well by Hamas’ military wing and commando units and that citizens were prevented entry as the whole process was done in the utmost secrecy.
Unfortunately for Hamas, a number of the tunnel diggers they recruited from Rafah and Khan Younis were actually double agents, funneling information to the Israelis.
By way of meticulous precaution, the Hamas operatives, who would transport the diggers to the tunnels, would be fully masked so they couldn’t be recognized, and tunnelers were strip-searched daily to ensure they weren’t wearing any kind of recording device..
The source told reporters, anonymously of course, “They knew Israel was constantly tailing them and didn’t want to risk it.”
The same source also revealed that tunnel workers usually worked an 8-12 hour day, and were paid the equivalent of between $150-$300, monthly.
The majority of the tunnels were reportedly dug in civilian areas on purpose, to maximize Palestinian deaths during expected Israeli reprisals, and were often beneath homes, chicken coops and pens, around a mile from the Israeli border.
The Gazan source, speaking about the executions themselves. explained:
“They were very cruel. 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.”
From the Hamas perspective, locating the tunnel entrances in private homes, schools, and mosques could only lead to a win-win scenario.
If Israel couldn’t locate the tunnels, then the terrorists could enter and leave Israel at will. However, if Israel discovered the tunnels, their destruction would result directly, or indirectly, in the deaths of civilians.