"Its one of the better paying jobs available in Gaza," he says to me incredulous that I do not see this obvious fact. "I am not an extremist nor am I digging towards a revolution - I am simply digging to eat and to feed my family."
The tunnels along the border with Egypt are being bombarded by Israeli jets as we speak sitting in his home meters away from the strike area. Tunnel owners and workers are waiting until the jets leave to begin the work again. They have no other option. The work must go on.