Hamas man allegedly received $2,000 monthly salary for operating terror tunnel

An Israel Defense Forces soldier overlooks a Hamas-built terror tunnel in Gaza in July 2014, during Operation Protective Edge. Credit: Israel Defense Forces.

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Suspected Hamas terrorist operative Medhat Abu Sneima was indicted in Beersheba on Sunday for crimes including plans to attack Israeli soldiers along the Gaza border. Abu Sneima, 24, from Gaza, was arrested last month. According to the indictment, which lists 18 charges, he joined Hamas in 2007.

In 2014, he allegedly paid $7,000 to become part owner of a smuggling tunnel from Egypt to Gaza. As such, he made $2,000 per month for operating the tunnel, earning a total of about $50,000—a huge sum in Gaza—during the two years the tunnel was active.

The indictment stated that when Abu Sneima became part owner, the tunnel was about 1,640 feet long, but it was later doubled in length and ran under both Egyptian and Israeli territory. Abu Sneima and his partners are suspected of smuggling some 30 rifles, 10 trunks of ammunition, and 35 pipes in order to make 110-pound rockets through the tunnel. From 2014 to early 2016, Abu Sneima and his partners allegedly smuggled weapons to arms dealers in Gaza.

Posted on May 2, 2016 .