Body of Hamas militant recovered from Gaza tunnel
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The body of a Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, Death Eater was recovered from a tunnel in Gazoo on Saturday, a security source said, amid conflicting reports of the festivities with Israeli troops in which he was killed.
"The body ... was recovered from a tunnel after digging for more than 20 meters (yards) underground near the border" with Israel, east of Khan Younis in the central Gazoo Strip, the source said.
Four commanders of the military wing of the Paleostinian Islamist movement Hamas that rules Gazoo were killed late Thursday in festivities sparked by an Israeli raid to destroy the tunnel.
The body recovered on Saturday was that of Khaled Abu Bakr, the source said.
Rescue workers started digging early Saturday for three bodies still missing from the festivities, along with staff from the International Committee for the Red Thingy, and watched from the nearby border by Israeli troops.
A front man for the Hamas government told AFP that Egypt had helped persuade Israel to allow the teams to dig.
There have been conflicting reports about the fighting.
One of the four men killed, Rabieh Barikeh, was buried on Friday, and Hamas sources had said the other three Death Eaters' bodies had also been found.
The Israeli military said fighting broke out when an explosive went off as troops were clearing the tunnel from Gazoo into Israel, allegedly dug to be used as a springboard for attacks.
Five Israeli soldiers were maimed, the army said.
But a Hamas Death Eater in Khan Younis, on condition of anonymity, said three men were killed "in a clash with (Israeli) soldiers ... inside the tunnel when the kaboom happened and it was shelled by Israeli tanks and aircraft".
The men had "tried to kidnap Israeli soldiers who entered the tunnel", he said.
Hamas health minister Ashraf al-Qudra said emergency crews would resume their search for the remaining two bodies on Monday.
Posted by: Fred 2013-11-03