Thursday January 17; Palestinian rescue teams located the body of a resident who went missing last week when a siege busting tunnel on the border with Egypt collapsed on him due to heavy rain.Medical sources reported that the search and rescue operations did not stop since the accident took place but the mud resulting from the heavy rain slowed the rescue operation, in addition to the fact the those tunnels extend a long distance to the Egyptian side.
The sources said that the resident has been identified as Salem Mousa Abu Samaha, 30, an Egyptian citizen living in the Az-Zawayda town, in central Gaza.
Two tunnel workers were rescued after it partially collapsed, and rescue team continued the search for other missing tunnel workers.
Last Sunday, one Palestinian was killed and three others were injured when a siege-busting tunnel on the border with Egypt collapsed on them, in Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.
Rescue teams managed to save three wounded tunnel workers from under the rubble, while a fourth suffocated before he was rescued. 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.
More than a week, a tunnel collapsed on four workers; two were rescued while the search the search continued for missing tunnel workers.
More than 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.