Hamas militant killed, 3 wounded in tunnel collapse in Gaza

An Islamic Hamas movement militant was killed on Sunday after a tunnel collapsed in the north of the Gaza Strip, the group and medical sources said.

Medical sources said that Khalil Lubbad, 27, from Jabalia refugee camp, was brought dead to the Indonesian hospital in northern Gaza Strip, as well as three others wounded in the same place, without elaboration.

Hamas armed wing, al-Qassam Brigades, said in a press statement that the group mourns its member Lubbad, “who died during a military mission into one of the tunnels of resistance.”

Hamas movement, which has been ruling the Gaza Strip since 2007, uses tunnels underneath Gaza as a strategic weapon either to store arms or to carry out attacks using the tunnels into Israel.

Over the past few years, dozens of militants died in tunnel collapse, according to Gaza rights groups.