Palestinian medical sources in Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, reported that one Palestinian was killed and three others were injured when a siege-busting tunnel on the border with Egypt collapsed on them.The sources said that rescue teams managed to save three wounded tunnel workers from under the rubble, while a fourth suffocated before he was rescued.
The sources added that the rescue campaign lasted for around five hours. The tunnel is located west of the Salah Ed-Deen Gate, in Rafah.
The tunnel partially collapsed while the four workers were in it leading to the death of Ali Al-Qadi, 20, while the three wounded workers have been identified as Hazim Abu Arram, 25, Jibreel Abu Jazar, 23, and Maysara Al-Batneejy, 20; they were all moved to Abu Yousef AN-Najjar Hospital in Rafah suffering moderate injuries, the Milad News Agency reported.
It is worth mentioning that, a few days ago, a tunnel collapsed on four workers; two were rescued while the search is still ongoing for the others.
Approximately 212 Palestinians have been killed in similar tunnel incidents, while hundreds have been injured since 2006.
The Palestinians in Gaza started digging tunnels after Israel enforced its deadly siege on the coastal region.
The siege has left hospitals and medical centers in the coastal region out of basic and specialized supplies and equipment, an issue that has led to the death of more than 400 patients, including children and infants.