One Palestinian was reportedly killed an five others were wounded when a tunnel on Gaza-Egypt border lines was collapsed Monday.
Medical sources confirmed that Rami Alsha’er, was killed and five others were wounded after a tunnel on Gaza-Egypt border lines in the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah, was collapsed.

The sources said that the rescue teams have been searching for a sixth wounded.

Witnesses said that the devastated tunnel was being constructed when it collapsed on Monday midday, as those inside were hit.

Underground tunnels have increased over the past several months as the Israeli blockade of Gaza’s crossings remain in place since June 2007.

Palestinians are reportedly using such tunnels for bringing in essential supplies to the Gaza Strip, like fuel, food and medicine, all made scarce because of the Israeli closure.

Israel has been protesting at the Egyptian authorities to shut down such underground tunnels, for what Israel believes smuggling of weapons into the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. Israeli disengaged form Gaza in 2005 and since then it has maintained control over Gaza’s crossings and airspace.

Over the past period, several Palestinians have been reportedly killed and many others have been wounded as tunnels collapsed.