Ismail Haniya, one of the leaders of the Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas in the Gaza strip, said that the construction of tunnels «strategic weapon» of terrorists and promised to continue the use of these funds.
The representatives of the foreign leadership of Hamas, in turn, said that the tunnels are necessary to fight Israel, and the group attaches great importance to, in particular, discussing the truce after the anti-terrorist operation «enduring rock» Hamas categorically rejected the demand of the Israeli side to stop the building of tunnels.
The problem of underground passages the Gaza strip recently re-entered the media spotlight amid the deaths of a group of Hamas militants in the flooded tunnel, and also in connection with messages of inhabitants of the Israeli settlements adjacent to the Gaza strip that terrorists are digging tunnels beneath their homes.
Israeli politicians criticized the government and called for immediate solve the problem of the tunnels. In particular, the leader of Yisrael Beiteinu Avigdor Lieberman said that inaction allows Hamas to choose the most convenient time for new attacks on Israel.
The Chairman of the parliamentary Commission on national audit office of Karin Elharar previously said that it intends to request from the Ministry of defense of explanation as to why still there is no progress in the fight against terrorist tunnels.