Hamas calls for Egypt probe over deadly Gaza tunnel gassing

Hamas demanded a probe after it said, that Egyptian security forces killed four Palestinians by pumping poisonous gas into a cross-border smuggling tunnel.

Hamas calls for Egypt probe over deadly Gaza tunnel gassing

Hamas movement on Thursday demanded a probe after it said, that Egyptian security forces killed four Palestinians by pumping poisonous gas into a cross-border smuggling tunnel.

Following the incident on Wednesday night, Egyptian security officials said their forces had destroyed four smuggling tunnels along the Gaza-Egypt border but were "not aware" of any casualties.

"Hamas holds the Egyptian side responsible for the killing of four innocent workers after Egyptian security forces pumped poisonous gas into one of the tunnels," Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told reporters in Gaza.

"We demand an investigation into the incident and for those responsible to be brought to justice."

Palestinian medics working for the Hamas-run health ministry said the four had died from suffocation and that there was evidence of poisonous gas.

"Years of Israeli siege"

Israel, which wants to crush any Palestinian liberation movement, responded to Hamas's win in the elections with sanctions, and almost completely blockaded the impoverished coastal strip after Hamas seized power in 2007, although a ‘lighter’ siege had already existed before.

Egypt is the only Arab state to share a border with Gaza. 1.5 million Gazans live under heavy Israel siege and Egypt still insists on not to opening the only Gaza border crossing in a move condemned around the world in protests, leaving Gazans desperate to digging tunnels underground and risking their lives since 2007.

Abu Zuhri said the territory's reliance on the tunnels had been imposed on it by the border closures.

"The alternative is not to kill innocent citizens but to open the crossings," he said, adding that some 40 workers had been killed by Egyptian security forces pumping poisonous gas and sewage into the tunnels.

Israel has also repeatedly bombed the tunnels after killing nearly 1500 Palestinians in Gaza attack, with a third of them children and women.

Egypt has been constructing a large underground wall along the Gaza border.

A group of international lawyers and human rights activists accuse Israel of committing “genocide” through its crippling blockade of the Strip.

Gaza is still considered under Israeli occupation as Israel controls air, sea and land access to the Strip.


Agencies

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