The Egyptian Army Spokesperson admitted in a TV interview, that to curtail terrorism in the Sinai, the army destroyed over 3000 terror & smuggling tunnels on their Gaza border, some were as long as 3 km and as deep as 30 meters.
By KHALED ABU TOAMEH
Egypt has destroyed more than 3,000 tunnels along its border with the Gaza Strip in the past five years, Egyptian Army Spokesperson Tamer Al-Refai has revealed.
In an interview with the private Egyptian news channel Extra News on Sunday night, he said: “In 2015, the [Egyptian] government took a decision to establish a buffer zone along the border [with the Gaza Strip]. Continue Reading »
For the second time on Sunday, a terror-tunnel initially demolished during Operation Protective Edge, was re-destroyed by the IDF flooding it with materials making the tunnel Hamas has trying to recommission, unusable.
– Defense Minister Lieberman: ‘Hamas should invest the money in the welfare of the Gaza residents, because by the end of the year, its tunnel project will be eliminated.’
By Matan Tzuri
The IDF destroyed for the second time on Sunday a terror tunnel initially demolished during Operation Protective Edge, which Hamas has tried to put back into operations.
The tunnel, which runs from Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip to the Eshkol Regional Council inside Israel, was flooded with materials rendering the whole network unusable. Continue Reading »
Cleared for publication: The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said night-time air strike that destroyed 2 terror tunnels, 1 near Rafah and 1 in central Gaza, was in response to the explosive device that detonated adjacent to the Israel-Gaza border fence on Saturday.
By Kobi Finkler
The IDF foiled Saturday night an attempt by the Hamas terrorist organization to renew a terror attack tunnel in the Kerem Shalom area.
The attempt was foiled tonight through engineering activity in Israeli territory, led by Southern Command. The infrastructure was identified at an early stage and did not pose a threat to the residents of the area. Continue Reading »
Having refrained from divulging details on the strike between Sunday night & Monday morning, Israel’s Defense Minister now confirmed that the last retaliatory strike actually involved destroying a Hamas attack tunnel on the border between Israel and Gaza, among the 18 Hamas targets hit in 2 waves of attacks.
Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman confirmed the Israeli army destroyed a tunnel at the border between Israel and Gaza overnight between Sunday and Monday.
“We have liquidated a terrorist tunnel in the Kerem Shalom area. As for the identity of the terrorists, we will not close this chapter until we eliminate those responsible for the terrorist act,” Liberman said. Continue Reading »
Recently arrested while attempting to cross the border into Israel, the 23 yr-old Gaza terrorist divulged an abundance of crucial intel to the Shin Bet on Hamas’ tunnels; the terror-tunnels intended to launch surprise attacks on civilians inside Israel and those intended for combat with, or abduction of, IDF soldiers inside Gaza.
By Yoav Zitun
A Palestinian resident of Gaza has been indicted for serious security-related offense, after the Shin Bet solicited from him copious amounts of crucial information about the workings of Hamas terror tunnels.
Ahmed Magdi Muhamad Abid, 23, was arrested at the end of September this year by Israel while attempting to cross the border into Israeli territory. Continue Reading »
Although Hamas has invested hundreds of millions of dollars to rehabilitate their attack tunnel network since its last war with Israel, Hamas denied any connection to the tunnel found under the 2 schools saying it “strongly condemned” the UNRWA statement because it can only be exploited by Israel to “justify its crimes.”
A Hamas tunnel passing between two Gaza schools belonging to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) discovered during construction work in June has been sealed.
UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness confirmed that the agency in charge of Palestinian refugees had closed the tunnel underneath the two boys schools in the Maghazi refugee camp, which was found during the summer holiday at a time when the schools were empty. Continue Reading »
With 40 construction teams all working on the 37-mile barrier, the building of underground and underwater sections are progressing quickly and “will be built with or without another fight with Hamas,” says GOC Southern Command Maj. Gen. Eyal Zamir.
By Lilach Shoval and Israel Hayom Staff
“We are taking action and will not be complacent toward the threat [from Gaza]. We have a solution,” IDF GOC Southern Command Maj. Gen. Eyal Zamir said in a press briefing Wednesday on the underground concrete wall Israel is building around the Gaza Strip to combat the threat posed by Hamas’ grid of terror tunnels. Continue Reading »
At a gov’t meeting discussing 2014’s ‘Operation Protective Edge’, PM Netanyahu reveled how President Obama told him explicitly not to send ground forces into Gaza despite the imperative of locating & destroying Hamas’ tunnels that threatened the residents of southern Israel.
By Hezki Baruch
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu revealed in a Knesset meeting that former US President Barack Obama requested Israel not send ground forces into Gaza during 2014’s Operation Protective Edge.
Hamas terror-tunnel that leads to Israel being destroyed during ‘Operation Protective Edge’ – IDF Spokesperson’s Unit
The meeting’s purpose was to critique how Israel fought Operation Protective Edge, and find how to make the next war better. Continue Reading »
Although it’s known Hamas had donkeys & dogs that would explode near IDF soldiers, Hamas’ recently revealed canine unit is seen as just bravado, with Israeli experts remaining skeptical.
By Mordechai Sones
In a recent Hamas parade in Gaza, a yet-unseen capability was displayed: attack dogs, apparently styled after the IDF’s Oketz canine unit.
Hamas’ canine unit is a part of the Nohba (“elect”) tunnel unit of the organization, and has been used so far for patrolling the new paved patrol road that runs along the border with Israel – 250 meters running inside PA territory. Other tasks have included distancing Arab protesters confronting Israeli soldiers, throwing stones, and damaging the fence. Continue Reading »
Hamas reported that 21 members of its Islamic Palestinian militant groups were killed by the collapse of their attack-tunnels in Gaza during 2016.
By Ben Ariel
Hamas said on Sunday that 21 of its members were killed in tunnel collapses in Gaza during 2016, Kol Yisrael radio reported.
According to the terror group, seven of the 21 were killed in a tunnel in eastern Gaza City which collapsed six months ago during work to repair the damage caused to the tunnel by Israel during Operation Protective Edge in 2014.
Hamas terrorists from the Izz ad din al Qassam brigades at funeral – Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Hamas has been busily reconstructing its terror tunnel network breaching into Israeli territory and which was targeted by Israel during the 2014 counterterror operation. Continue Reading »
The Ministry of Defense issued tenders for the construction of a concrete barrier that will completely encircle Gaza, be equipped with electronic sensors to detect vibrations (digging), and extend several stories below ground to neutralize any threat of Palestinian terror-tunnels.
By Udi Etzion
An underground barrier to defend against Hamas attack tunnels is on the way following a call from the Defense Ministry for companies to bid to construct the new defensive line around the Gaza Strip.
The closed tender has been submitted to 20 Israeli contracting companies. The first part of the defensive underground barrier will go along 10 kilometers of the Strip, with plans to extend the barrier around the entirety of the 60 kilometer border with Israel – thereby completely encircling Gaza. Continue Reading »
Gaza teenager arrested in April while trying to infiltrate into Israel passes on to the Shin Bet valuable intel about Hamas’ tunnel-digging operations, including terror-tunnels’ layout, methods & operating procedures.
By Lilach Shoval and Gadi Golan
An underage Hamas operative arrested by Israeli security forces in April has provided the Shin Bet security agency with valuable information about Hamas’ tunnel-digging operations, the agency revealed Tuesday.
A Hamas terror-tunnel leading from Gaza to Israel – Photo: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit
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The Southern District Attorney’s Office filed its indictment against the minor, a teenage boy whose identity has been placed under a gag order, with the Beersheba District Court on Tuesday.
“In response to the ongoing attacks against Israeli forces, IAF aircraft targeted 4 Hamas military posts in the southern Gaza Strip,” an army statement said of the retaliatory mission that left a Palestinian woman dead & 3 others wounded.
The Israeli air force conducted air strikes in the southern Gaza Strip for the second time on Thursday, in response to renewed shelling from the coastal enclave following the discovery a new tunnel reaching from the Hamas controlled territory into Israel.
Gaza: Airstrikes in southern area in response… by i24news-en
A 54-year-old Palestinian woman was killed in the strikes and another three people injured. Continue Reading »
Cleared for publication: A Hamas terror operative, caught and arrested in early April after an unsuccessful infiltration attempt into Israel, ‘spills his guts,’ conveying a wealth of information on weapons caches, operatives’ identities, and on terror tunnels.
By Yoav Zitun
A Hamas terror operative who is affiliated with the Izzadin al-Qassam Brigades was arrested by Israel in early April.
Terror operative Mahmoud ‘Atuna – Photo: Shin Bet
He revealed a wealth of information regarding the tunnels following an interrogation.
The operative, Mohammad Atuna, 29, was arrested after crossing the border fence and in possession of two knives. He crossed with the intent of attacking Israeli forces on the border with Gaza. Continue Reading »
This is the 4th time in the past 2 days that Palestinians in Gaza opened fire at IDF soldiers searching for Hamas terror-tunnels on Israel’s border.
By Yoav Zitun, Elior Levy, Matan Tzuri
IDF troops shelled Hamas military posts in the Gaza Strip for three times on Wednesday in response to mortar shell fire at forces operating near the border fence. There have been four incidents of fire opened on Israel8i troops on the frontier over the past two days. There were no Israeli soldiers hurt in any of the incidents.
On Monday morning, Palestinians fired a mortar shell at IDF soldiers doing engineering work near the border fence, leading the army to respond with tank fire at a Hamas observation point near a landfill in southern Gaza, not far from the Sufa Crossing. Continue Reading »