October 30th, 2017: ‘Ala Sami Abu Ghrab was killed in the Israeli bombardment of a border tunnel in Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. He was one of twelve killed in the tunnel bombardment. Initial reports were that seven were killed, while the bodies of ‘Ala and four other men were found buried in the rubble several days later.
The Israeli army fired at least five missiles into the tunnel, which was still under construction in the area near Kissufim military base, across the border fence.
The tunnel was run by Al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad. Ten of those killed were members of the Al-Quds Brigades, while two were members of the Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, who entered the tunnel after the bombing to assist with the search and rescue operations.
The Israeli army said it carried out what it called “a scheduled detonation of a new tunnel, which was under construction near the border fence.” The bombing was instantly followed by heavy deployment of armored vehicles and fighter jets, in the area, especially east of Khan Younis.
A number of Palestinian armed resistance groups responded to the bombardment by issuing calls for retaliation against Israel, and criticizing Israel for what they claimed was an unnecessary escalation.
‘Ala, a member of the Al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad, was from the Gaza Strip. Source: IMEMC