A digger is lowered into a Hams terror tunnel.
To prevent the diggers of Hamas’ tunnels from revealing their locations, Hamas recently executed dozens of diggers, according to a report.
The report sites sources in Hamas-controlled Gaza, who revealed that the executions took place even after the terrorist organization took a number of steps to prevent site locations from leaking out. Workers, who routinely dug between 8-12 hours a day for a salary of $150-300 per month, were taken blindfolded to and from the tunnel excavations.
In addition, diggers were strip searched to make sure they had no cameras or recording devices hidden in their clothing or on their bodies, according to a former digger who is now an informant.
The workers’ Hamas handlers always kept their faces covered and were referred to by their first names or by codes, he said.
“Anyone they suspected might transfer information to Israel on the tunnels was killed by the military wing,” another source revealed. “They were very cruel.”
Hamas began digging tunnels four years ago. Money for the construction of the tunnels comprised 40 percent of Hamas’ entire budget. The tunnels, found by Israel in the recent operation to prevent Hamas missile fire into Israel, were dug to the depth of 18-25 meters (60-82 feet), with one reaching the depth of 35 meters (115 feet — the equivalent of a 10-story building).
Diggers report using electric or pneumatic jackhammers, which allowed them to advance at a rate of 4-5 meters per day.
The Institute for Palestine Studies published an extensive report on Hamas’ tunnel building in 2012. The report stated that “at least 160 children have been killed in the tunnels, according to Hamas officials.” The terror group uses the children, according to the report, because “much as in Victorian coal mines, they are prized for their nimble bodies.”