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Day 21 of Operation’ Protective Edge’ – “Israel is in Possession of all of the Attack Tunnels”

Givati soldiers standing over a Hamas terror tunnel.

Givati soldiers standing over a Hamas terror tunnel.
Photo Credit: IDF SPokesperson/FLASH90

JERUSALEM – IDF forces are continuing to operate inside the Gaza Strip, their main objective are still the terror tunnels. A senior IDF officer was quoted yesterday saying that Israel is in possession of all of the attack tunnels that Hamas dug from Gaza to Israel. A few more days are needed in order to dispose of the remaining tunnels, he said. The IDF blew up two more tunnels in the course of the last 24 hours. “The longer we stay on the ground, the more we learn about the extent of the tunnels and the route they were built in.”

IDF Chief of Staff Lieutenant General entered Gaza yesterday to appraise the IDF’s achievements up-close and discuss further plans with field commanders. Aware of the mounting international pressure to end the operation immediately and unconditionally, Gantz stated: “It’s going to take some time, but every minute here matters.” He further pointed out that the IDF was working with full-force to destroy the leftover tunnels.

Egyptian Border Guards, in coordination with the armed forces, destroyed 13 tunnels in Sinai on Saturday evening, said Armed Forces spokesman Brigadier Mohamed Samir in a statement. Authorities also seized a pickup truck that allegedly transferred 68 packs of agricultural pesticides that had Hebrew writing on it.

The IDF’s operations, together, and possibly in coordination with the Egyptians’ actions, are effectively cutting Hamas off from any real possibility to replenish their rocket arsenal, which is down by 50% according to IDF figures. An Israeli woman was moderately wounded yesterday afternoon by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip. Over the past 24 hours more than 71 rockets were fired from Gaza towards Israel. At least 50 rockets hit Israel. 9 rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system. The IDF struck over 40 terror targets in the Gaza Strip yesterday and 3865 terror targets in total since the beginning of the operation. 32 terror tunnels were uncovered by IDF forces since July 17th.

Since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge more than 2,500 rockets have been fired from Gaza at Israel.

About the Author: Aryeh Savir is director of the International division of Tazpit News Agency.


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25 Responses to “Day 21 of Operation’ Protective Edge’ – “Israel is in Possession of all of the Attack Tunnels””

  1. We can’t leave until the job is finished, to heck with what the Useless Nations, EU & Obama says.

  2. Gene Strong says:

    Kill or imprison all of Hamas
    Leave Gaza as rubble. ..

  3. Just blow up all hamasrat tunnels. Disregard (U.N) United Nothing it won’t help Israel Peace & Security.

  4. what I don’t understand what is it everybody can defend their country except Israel¿ may The Mighty One King of the universe, protect and strengthen Israel!

  5. Good job my IDF brothers. God speed and keep you safe.

  6. They like as mouse making their house in underground.

  7. They like as mouse making their house in underground.

  8. Keep going finish the job for good

  9. Keep going finish the job for good

  10. The only way to negotiate with Palestinuans is from a position of power (upper hand). Otherwise, they will play the bravado game, while hiding behind their women and children. No ceasefire for Gaza without a demilitarized Hamas!

  11. Hashem keep you safe…pray for you day and night

  12. Hashem keep you safe…pray for you day and night

  13. Go, IDF! Do what ya need to to get rid of the tunnels!!

  14. Keep blowing up tunnels, cripple them

  15. muslims protest all over europe why are christians not doing the same the muslims want to kill them as well

  16. muslims protest all over europe why are christians not doing the same the muslims want to kill them as well

  17. muslims protest all over europe why are christians not doing the same the muslims want to kill them as well

  18. Dat’s a Great News it should be levelled with Nuclear Energy Beyond Repair

  19. Dat’s a Great News it should be levelled with Nuclear Energy Beyond Repair

  20. Karen Bryant says:

    Praying for safety for soldiers and peace for Israel. Praying for wisdom for Netenyahu and Cabinet as they make decisions, and for the safety of any innocents in Gaza.

  21. Karen Bryant says:

    Praying for safety for soldiers and peace for Israel. Praying for wisdom for Netenyahu and Cabinet as they make decisions, and for the safety of any innocents in Gaza.

  22. Karen Bryant says:

    Praying for safety for soldiers and peace for Israel. Praying for wisdom for Netenyahu and Cabinet as they make decisions, and for the safety of any innocents in Gaza.

  23. Paul W. Howe says:

    Be determine & hard after them… no truce, ceasefire or agree with Ham*s who swears by Islam to kill u off… Am Yisroael Chai…

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