Vows of revenge for their fallen, from these Palestinian militants. Seven of their comrades were killed when Israel destroyed what they said was a tunnel being dug underneath the Gaza Strip border. It was operated by a group called Islamic Jihad. Five of their number were killed in the explosion.
Hamas says two of their own fighters died when they tried to rescue survivors.
e tunnel was raised on the Israeli side of the border and Hamas claims it was an attempt by Tel Aviv to sabotage its latest bid to reconcile with its rival, the Palestinian Authority. Hamas ceded administration of Gaza to the Authority last month in a new effort to form a united government.
In a bid to counter the tunnels, Israel has been building a 36 mile underground barrier, costing over $8 billion.