Steinitz: Egypt flooded Hamas tunnels at our request

Energy Minister reveals details about security coordination between Israel and Egypt.

Elad Benari,

Yuval Steinitz
Yuval Steinitz
Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90

Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz revealed on Saturday that Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi flooded some of Hamas’s underground tunnels at Israel's request.

“Flooding is a good solution in that area. The security coordination between Israel and Egypt is better than ever,” Steinitz said during an event in Be’er Sheva.

"We do not want another round [of fighting] in Gaza, we are not occupying Gaza, we do have plans for offensive operations in Gaza [if needed]. We are making a tremendous effort to deal with the underground [tunnels], but in the end you cannot completely seal your borders, there is no absolute protection," he added.

"Israeli citizens can relax. Indeed there are threats, Israel does not necessarily know about each and every tunnel, but for several years we have been dealing seriously with the tunnels, very significant actions are being taken,” stressed Steinitz.

In September it was reported that Egypt was flooding Hamas terror tunnels beneath the Egypt-Gaza Rafah border crossing, making good on threats it made to Hamas a month earlier.

Over the past week, three of Hamas’s terror tunnels have collapsed, killing several Hamas terrorists in the process.

Following the first tunnel collapse, Hamas deputy leader Ismail Haniyeh finally publicly confirmed what had been well-known for a long time, that the group is rebuilding its tunnel infrastructure.

Earlier this week, Major General Yoav Mordechai, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), was asked by the Ma’an news agency whether Israel had a hand in the collapse of the tunnels, a question which he evaded and only answered with, "God knows."








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