Last week seven were killed in a similar collapse.
The tunnel was located "east of Deir al Balah." Since that is not so close to Egypt and not in an urban area, this indicates that this tunnel wasn't meant for smuggling weapons nor as part of a network of urban bunkers used to store weapons and travel from house to house during war.
Meaning that this tunnel could only have been used for one purpose: to attack Israelis by tunneling under the boundary between Gaza and Israel, perhaps towards the communities of Kisufim or Re'im.
Hamas' press release celebrating the deaths of the "martyrs" almost admits this, by saying "the men of the tunnels continue on the same path of jihad and sacrifice, ...both the defensive and offensive tunnels, which gives them the advantage of the resistance and enables them to painfully strike the enemy..."
Here are the latest "martyrs" at their workplace. One was a field commander.
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