Sunday, January 10, 2010

When smuggling tunnels are a Jihad mission

Last September, Ma'an reported:
A Palestinian man was killed and four others were wounded by a powerful electric shock while they were working inside a smuggling tunnel under the border between Egypt and the Gaza Strip overnight.

Medical officials at Abu Yousif An-Najjar Hospital in the city of Rafah told Ma’an the corpse of 19-year-old Amir Al-Ballishi arrived at the hospital with signs of an electric shock.

Some 200 smuggling tunnels are thought to exist under the Egypt-Gaza border. The tunnels are currently the only reliable means of importing goods into the Gaza Strip, and represent a lifeline for Palestinians there, who have lived under a strict Israeli-imposed siege for more than two years.
Just another case of poor Gazans being tragically killed while trying to bring in candies and soda from Egypt, right?

Well, Mr. Ballishi is now being lauded as a martyr by Hamas' Al Qassam Brigades, who describe the circumstances of his death as a "jihad mission."

Somehow, I don't think he was smuggling toys.

(h/t t34zakat via email)