How many children have died in Hamas’ tunnels?

Did you know about this?

From the Institute for Palestinian Studies:

Gaza’s Tunnel Phenomenon: The Unintended Dynamics of Israel’s Siege


A similarly cavalier approach to child labor and tunnel fatalities damaged the movement’s standing with human-rights groups, despite government assurances dating back to 2008 that it was considering curbs. During a police patrol that the author was permitted to accompany in December 2011, nothing was done to impede the use of children in the tunnels, where, much as in Victorian coal mines, they are prized for their nimble bodies. At least 160 children have been killed in the tunnels, according to Hamas officials. Safety controls on imports appear similarly lax, although the TAC insists that a sixteen-man contingent carries out sporadic spot-checks.


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  2. BillyHW says:

    When do you think the Vatican will figure out that Islam is the enemy, and not the Jews?

  3. A similarly cavalier approach to child labor and tunnel fatalities damaged the movement’s standing with human-rights groups…

    Why should Hamas have any standing to damage with any human rights groups?

  4. Supertradmum says:

    Hamas is a terrorist organization, period. And such groups have no care for human life no matter what the age of the victim.

  5. RuariJM says:


    Assuming that figure is correct, it is less than one-third of the number of children killed by air-fired and ground-launched munitions from the Israeli Defence Force. in the past three weeks.

    If you want to make people who happen to be Muslim the enemy, that’s probably the way to go about it: kill their children by the truckload.

  6. RuariJM says:

    At the risk of sounding a bit repetitive, consider this report and tell me what you think:

    The area allocated to the people represented less than 3% of the country. With such numbers crammed into such a small space, conditions were extremely difficult. It was effectively sealed off to the outside world.

    A nominally self-governing Council initially believed that a policy of co-operation was better than a policy of dissent as the latter would only lead to overt repression. Others saw ‘co-operation’ as nothing more than collaboration. The way open rebellion was dealt with was seen in a number of operations, which reduced the infrastructure.

    Diseases were rampant and medicines were very difficult to acquire even by those who had the means to pay for them.

    The occupying hierarchy determined that each person needs much less than the [2276] calories of food a day recognised as the minimum for health and allowed in less than one-tenth of that. Malnutrition leads to bodily strength quickly ebbing away and leaves people open to diseases that can spread with frightening speed.

    Despite being shut off from the outside world, smuggling has became a lucrative but very dangerous occupation. Young children have been used to smuggle goods that had not been confiscated – jewellery and other precious items that had been hidden, for example. Children who were small enough to get through the barbed wire or the small tunnels that had been dug would then bring in food. Anyone caught smuggling is severely punished.

    The Council has established schools, hospitals and even libraries. However, the hospitals are constantly short of the most basic of medicines and the schools posed a danger for those who worked in them as many schools were deemed to be illegal as they taught about national culture, religion and heritage.

    When it was determined that open rebellion could not be allowed to succeed, it was decided that authority would be reimposed and a large force of soldiers was deployed to enter the area. Control of most of the area was regained in within four days and in the process destroyed whole blocks of buildings and killed anyone visible. the resistance officially ended with the destruction of key centres of administration. It is thought that over 55,000 people were killed. Those who used the city’s sewage system to hide in were drowned when it was deliberately flooded. The central area was effectively levelled.

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