Tag Archive for tunnels

2 Palestinians dead from toxic gas while tunnel-digging to Egypt

A Hamas terrorist and his Gaza civilian worker were killed by toxic gas in the cross-border tunnel construction between the terrorist coastal enclave and Egypt’s Sinai.

By David Rosenberg

 

Two Gazans were killed overnight in a cross-border tunnel between the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip and Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, officials in Gaza reported Monday.

The two men were apparently killed by poison gas in the tunnel, Iyad al-Bozm, a spokesman for the Hamas regime in Gaza said Monday.

A Hamas terrorist in an underground terror-tunnel. – Photo: Hamas video screenshot.

One of the two men killed in the tunnel was a member of Hamas, Bozm said. Continue Reading »

Captured Hamas teen reveals trove of information to Israel’s Shin Bet

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

Arrested Hamas Operative Tells All to IDF

 

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)

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 »

Intel Expert: Oil Industry Has Technology to Deal With Israel’s Tunnel Problem

IDF’s technology department creator says Israel’s land borders are vulnerable to terror-tunnel attacks, but the oil industry may have solutions.

By Yaakov Levi

 

Yossi Langosky, the IDF officer who established the technology department of the army’s Intelligence Unit, said Wednesday that all of Israel’s land borders – north, south, and east – were vulnerable to “tunnel attacks” by terrorists, similar to the ones conducted by Hamas before and during Operation Protective Edge last summer, according to NRG. The IDF can develop solutions to defend the country against such attacks – but it is going to take a revision of policy and outlook.

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‘First of its Kind’ tunnel detection system to be installed on Israel’s border with Gaza

Israel’s Elbit Systems developed a unique sensor-based tunnel detection network in record time, as a response to the direct threat from Hamas.

By Udi Etsion, Matan Tzuri

 

A new tunnel detection system developed by Elbit Systems will protect Israeli citizens from the threat of infiltration by Hamas terrorists.

Picture of tunnel featured in Hamas newspaper during Operation Protective Edge.

Now, after two months of development, the Israel-based international defense electronics company says that they have created an effective system which uses sensors to detect tunnel building activity. The system will be implemented along the entire Israel-Gaza border, Elbit said.

The system includes a series of sensors. Continue Reading »

Egypt criminalizes Gaza smuggling tunnels

 

New Egyptian law criminalizes construction or operation of smuggling tunnels to Gaza making violation of the law punishable by imprisonment.

By i24news

 

Egyptian sources announced the passage of a new law criminalizing the construction and operation of tunnels running between Egypt and the Gaza Strip, Ma’an reported.

Tents cover entrances of tunnels used for smuggling along the Gaza-Egypt border, near the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah on August 6 2012 – Photo: AFP

The State Council included an article in the law according to Penal Code Law 82 subjecting anyone constructing, operating, or using tunnels between Egypt and a neighboring territory to imprisonment. Continue Reading »

IDF discovers Hamas terrorist tunnel near Gaza security fence

 

Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas’ military wing, announced they were successful in repairing the tunnel that the IDF exposed several months ago.

By Yoav Zitun, Elior Levy

 

The IDF discovered a terror tunnel on Thursday near the Gaza Strip border fence, it was cleared for publication. However, Hamas denied the announcement, saying the army found an “old” tunnel.

The terror tunnel that was exposed (Photo: Roee Idan)

The terror tunnel that was exposed – Photo: Roee Idan

In a press conference on Thursday evening, Hamas’ military, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, claimed that they were able to fix a tunnel that was exposed several months ago, parts of which were destroyed by the IDF. Continue Reading »

Fatah May Have Informed Israel about Hamas Tunnel

An Arabic-language website published documents it claims were sent via Ramallah intelligence to Israel, revealing Hamas’ tunnels’ locations.

By Dalit Halevy

 

Arabic-language website awraqq.com has published two documents that it says were sent by Palestinian Authority (PA) intelligence to Israel’s intelligence organizations, and which expose the location of two tunnels that Hamas dug from Gaza into Israel.

This information is what made it possible for Israel to prevent the tunnels from being used for terror attacks, according to the website.

According to the report, one tunnel was prepared by the armed wing of Islamic Jihad, the Al-Quds Brigades, and the other by the armed wing of Hamas – the Al-Qassam Brigades. Continue Reading »

Egypt eliminates homes, groves & more of Hamas’ tunnels on Gaza border

 

Egyptian military officials reportedly had 6,000 square meters (64,500 feet) of olive groves leveled, explaining how terrorists use them for camouflage to launch military assaults against Egyptian border guards, & to smuggle stolen fuel, goods, drugs & weapons.

By Israel Hayom Staff & News Agencies

 

The Egyptian military has leveled large tracts of olive groves near the city of Rafah, destroying smuggling infrastructure and detonating several thousand liters of fuel, according to Palestinian and Egyptian reports.

IDF discovers terrorist tunnel leading from Gaza to kibbutz kindergarten

 

Entrance to 1.7km long Palestinian terrorist tunnel was discovered near a kibbutz kindergarten.

By YAAKOV LAPPIN, JPOST.COM STAFF

 

 

 

The IDF recently uncovered a Palestinian terrorist tunnel leading from the Gaza Strip to Kibbutz Ein Hashlosha, they announced on Sunday.

A Palestinian transports goods in a tunnel.

A Palestinian transports goods in a tunnel.- Photo: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters

The tunnel was dug in order to either kidnap civilians and soldiers, or to infiltrate the community and carry out an atrocity in it, the army believes.

The tunnel was over 1.7 kilometers in length and represents a grave attempt by Palestinian terrorists to perpetrate an attack, army sources added.

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Hamas furious over Egyptian move at creating buffer zone with Gaza

 

Egyptian families in Sinai protest after their homes were demolished to create a buffer zone with Hamas ruled Gaza.

By KHALED ABU TOAMEH
 

 

The Hamas government said Sunday it was “surprised” to hear that Egypt is planning to create a buffer zone along the border with the Gaza Strip.

Egyptian soldiers keep guard in Sinai

Egyptian soldiers keep guard in Sinai – Photo: REUTERS

Ehab Ghissin, spokesman for the Hamas government, said that there should be no buffer zones “between brothers and friendly countries.”

Ghissin expressed hope that the Egyptian move would not “solidify the blockade” and increase the suffering of the people in the Gaza Strip. Continue Reading »

Egypt floods more Gaza tunnels at the dismay of Hamas

Only 50 – 70 tunnels, out of hundreds that have provide smuggled weapons and taxes to Hamas are still open and in partial operation.

By REUTERS
 

 

GAZA – Egypt has intensified a crackdown on smuggling tunnels between its volatile Sinai desert and the Gaza Strip, causing a steep hike in petrol and cement prices in the Palestinian territory.

Tunnel smuggler

Palestinians involved in the tunnel business say that the campaign, which began in March and has included flooding of underground passages, was ramped up in the past two weeks before a wave of opposition-led protests in Egypt expected to start on June 30.

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Palestinian Arabs in Judea & Samaria Dig Tunnels Under Security Fence

Israel’s main concern is that terrorists would use these tunnels to abduct hitchhiking soldiers since tunnels would only serve clandestine scenarios.

 

 

 

Until recently, Judea and Samaria Arabs would sneak into Israel by climbing the fence, cutting the barbed wire and severing the alarm system. But now security forces have foiled at least two infiltration attempts through tunnels dug under the fence near the Israeli Arab town of Taiba, Maariv reported.

The main concern is that terrorists would use these tunnels to abduct hitchhiking soldiers.

The Gaza tunnels, connecting the Hamas ruled strip to Egypt, are being used to smuggle weapons, food and construction materials, have long become the primary means of supplying the local Arab population. Continue Reading »

Egyptian court rules all Egypt-Gaza tunnels must be destroyed

Wael Hamdy, a lawyer who brought the case said,”I filed the case because I was worried about the state of national security in my country after the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood to power and its unclear policies and links with Hamas,”

Reported by Yasmine Saleh; Edited by David Stamp & Alison Williams

 

(Reuters) – A Cairo court ruled on Tuesday the government must destroy all tunnels between Egypt and the Gaza Strip, removing a route for smuggled weapons but also a lifeline for Palestinians.

Tunnel smugglerEgypt’s ruling Muslim Brotherhood has close ties with the Hamas Islamists that run Gaza, but many Egyptians fear the enclave is a security risk for Egypt. Continue Reading »

Egypt floods Gaza tunnels with sewage to keep them from reopening

Hamas is not acting like a state, but as an armed movement, which justifies its violations of the law with excuses. There are also claims of terror cells, common criminals & thieves who exploit the tunnels daily for crimes in Egypt.

By: H. Varulkar, L. Lavi and C. Jacob*

 

Introduction

In recent days, the Egyptian military has increased its activity against tunnels between Egypt and Gaza, and has begun [1] According to one tunnel owner, Egypt is focusing this activity on areas with numerous tunnels, causing a significant decrease in smuggling.[2] Sources in Hamas claimed that the Egyptian military had increased its forces along its border with Gaza, and had dug artesian wells there to flood the tunnels.

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