A senior IDF official commented last week in a statement that there would be no efforts made by Israel to return the terrorists’ bodies to Gaza until there is progress in talks on the return at least 4 Israelis, including the two deceased soldiers held by Hamas.
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The Israeli army revealed on Sunday that it is holding the bodies of five militants killed last week when the Israel destroyed a “terror tunnel” that was burrowed into its territory from Gaza.
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Twelve militants, most of whom belonged to the Islamic Jihad group, died when the army blew the tunnel up on October 30, however several more men were unaccounted for.
“During the ongoing work on the terror tunnel that was targeted in Israeli territory on Oct 30, the [Israel Defense Forces] uncovered the bodies of five terrorists,” an army statement said.
Israel also rebuffed a request from the Red Cross, who wanted to conduct their own search operation of the destroyed tunnel.
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