Syria rebels get Hamas assistance building tunnels

Syrian rebels have been getting technical know-how from forces in Gaza, including Hamas, according to a recent interview.

A news report by the Syrian-based news site Orient News TV got an insider’s view of a rebel tunnel in the Mount Arbaeen area outside the northern Syrian city of Ariha.

“We asked for the advice of our brothers in Gaza,” said one rebel who led a guided tour for the journalist, according to a translation provided by the Middle East Media Research Institute. “They told us that they have been using wooden planks. They even sent me a video and we have been doing it exactly the way they do it.”

In the video, the tunnel is described as 700 meters long. It is packed with explosives, apparently in preparation for a major attack against Syrian government positions nearby…