World Bulletin / News Desk
A Palestinian youth was electrocuted while working in a tunnel in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, medical sources said.
Saleh Youssef al-Besheti, 22, was working in a smuggling tunnel run by Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Gaza-based Hamas movement, when he was electrocuted, the sources said.
The sources declined to specify the location of the tunnel or whether it was aimed to lead to Egypt or Israel.
Later in the day, Al-Qassam Brigades confirmed that Al-Besheti is a member in the group.
"Saleh al-Besheti attained martyrdom in an accident in one of the resistance tunnels," the brigades said in a brief statement.
Earlier this month, the Israeli army announced it had unearthed a tunnel leading from the Gaza Strip to Israel's Kibbutz Ein Hashlosha.
The tunnel -- allegedly 15 meters deep and stocked with explosives -- could have been built to capture Israeli soldiers or carry out attacks inside Israel, Israeli officials said.
It was one of the longest tunnels ever found linking the besieged Palestinian enclave to the self-proclaimed Jewish state.
The Al-Qassam Brigades later confirmed that it had dug the tunnel.
According to a recent UN report, 80 percent of all tunnel transport activity has been brought to a halt as a result of the Egyptian army's recent demolition activities.Last Mod: 27 Ekim 2013, 15:38