Terrorist groups in Gaza resume search for missing members in destroyed tunnel

For Israelis security policies and peace processes aren't abstract concepts they are weighed with the life of one's child in mind

Terrorist groups in Gaza resume search for missing members in destroyed tunnel

While the tunnels in Gaza are used by Hamas as a source of tax revenue and inflow of weapons, they also supply highly demanded necessities for Gazans - who have been trapped under Israeli siege for a decade - including food, medicine, and much-needed infrastructure materials. Israel on Monday carried out a "controlled" explosion on the tunnel on the Israeli side of the border.

The al-Quds Brigades, the military wing of the Islamic Jihad movement, released a statement on Friday declaring that five missing fighters belonging to the group in Gaza were dead.

Both Islamic Jihad and Hamas, the dominant Islamist group in Gaza that had said earlier it lost two people in the tunnel collapse, have sworn to retaliate. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

Israel's Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Maj.

The Palestinian Civil Defense Authority accused Israel of "blackmail", saying such conditions were "in contravention of all worldwide laws and agreements".

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Israel and the United States have called for Hamas to be disarmed as part of the pact between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority, so Israeli peace efforts with Abbas, which collapsed in 2014, could proceed. The IDF is concerned that attempts to violate Israel's sovereignty will be made along the borders in retaliation for the alleged Israeli airstrike in Syria and the destruction of the tunnel in the Gaza Strip.

During the war, 32 tunnels were discovered, including 14 that extended into Israel, according to a United Nations report on the conflict.

Hamas, an Islamist terror group that seeks Israel's destruction, called Monday's incident "a unsafe escalation", but Israel said it was not seeking a further round of conflict.

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