Hamas on Monday blasted the Egyptian authorities for recently flooding several cross-border tunnels linking Egypt to the Gaza Strip after the bodies of four Palestinian workers were recovered from the flooded tunnels, Anadolu Agency reports.
The terror group, which has governed the blockaded strip since 2007, described the dead workers as “martyrs”, saying they had died as a direct result of the Egyptian regime’s decision last week to flood the cross-border tunnels with seawater.
“We condemn this tragic incident,” Hamas said in a statement. “There is no justification for resorting to such dangerous methods when dealing with the besieged people of Gaza.”
Hamas went on to urge the Egyptian authorities to open the Egypt-Gaza border on a permanent basis.
The bodies of four Palestinian workers – who went missing last week – were recovered this week from a cross-border tunnel that collapsed after being flooded with seawater by the Egyptian authorities.
In recent months, the Egyptian army has been methodically flooding the network of cross-border tunnels linking Gaza to Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. Read more from Anadolu Agency.