Hamas member who dug terror tunnels charged with serious security offenses

Elias Hubbard
November 23, 2017

A Hamas terrorist defected to Israel in September and provided vital intelligence on Hamas' vast military apparatus and its terror tunnel network, the Shin Bet (Israel's Security Agency) revealed on Thursday. "His interrogation revealed once again Hamas' terrorist activities in the tunnel field that are aimed at advancing terrorist acts against the State of Israel", the Shin Bet added.

An indictment against Abid, who is suspected for severe security related offenses, was filed Thursday to the Beersheba District Court.

Defense officials said that Abid provided interrogators with valuable information about the grid of terror tunnels in Gaza. A sample of the oil was sent to the lab, which identified that it was not motor oil but rather a "dangerous substance" that was meant to be used to make a large amount of explosives, the statement said.

Due to the constraints on Palestinian movement through the crossing, many Gazans are commonly barred from leaving or entering the besieged coastal enclave, some for months at a time, as the crossing is only periodically opened by Egyptian authorities, stranding Palestinians on both sides of the crossing during closures.

In October, Israel's military blew up a tunnel that reached from Gaza to Israel, killing at least a dozen Islamic Jihad militants.

Israel carried out three large-scale military campaigns in Gaza, the last of which took place in 2014, claiming the lives of 2,251 people in Gaza, mostly civilians, and 71 people in Israel, mostly soldiers. In the wake of the incident, the Islamic Jihad vowed to avenge the death of its fighters.

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