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IDF Video Shows Just How Serious Tunnel Threat Was

Operation Protective Edge revealed the truth depth of the threat of the terror tunnels.
A terrorist tunnel leading from Gaza to Israel. A similar tunnel was used to kill Egyptian soldiers on Tuesday near Rafah.

A terrorist tunnel leading from Gaza to Israel. A similar tunnel was used to kill Egyptian soldiers on Tuesday near Rafah.
Photo Credit: IDF Spokesperson's Unit

For years, Israel has known about the problem of Hamas terror tunnels – but when did officials realize the immediacy of its danger to civilians?

A special IDF unit operating near the Karni Crossing last week found itself in a fierce firefight with terrorists who suddenly emerged from a tunnel inside Israel.

The force, a unit from Squad Commanders’ Training School, neutralized one of the terrorists, although five Israeli soldiers were killed in combat as well.

During the subsequent operation to neutralize the tunnel, IDF forces discovered numerous entry and exit points, some only a few hundred meters from the place where the terrorists had emerged.

“We found motorcycles and weapons in a tunnel inside Israel,” an IDF commander said. “Hamas planned to use them to carry out a deadly attack against Israeli civilians and race back into Gaza with hostages.”

Three motorcycles were found, facing the opening of the tunnel into Israeli territory. They were ready for use in a complex terror attack on Israeli residential communities close to the Gaza border. The motorcycles had all been specially modified to be able to carry two people each, plus weapons, perform more efficiently and move at faster speeds to escape with their captives.

They also found a wide array of weaponry — including rocket-propelled grenades, mortars, explosives, launchers, and AK-47 assault rifles.

In addition, a large cache of explosives was found in a dug-out area just a few meters in, and to the side of the tunnel; a booby-trap meant to be detonated if any unit of IDF soldiers managed to enter the shaft.

About the Author: Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.


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17 Responses to “IDF Video Shows Just How Serious Tunnel Threat Was”

  1. Shared. We WILL get the word around. Long live Israel!

  2. I cant work my head around why the Arabs/Muslim hate the Jews so much..for what? Whats wrong with these people? I think they hate themselves..

  3. How about the German/Jewish hate that obliterated 6 million Jews? The Polish/Jewish hate? The Spanish/Jewish hate that drove thousands of Jews out of Spain in 1492? How about the school quotas that did not allow Jews to gain seats in universities or medical schools? Why do you think there are so many Jewish hospitals in the big cities? Jews had to establish their own medical schools to provide places that accepts Jews.

  4. Why don’t they flood them with sewage like the Egyptians do !

  5. Israel is much to kind.

  6. who knows,if it is over? i do not believe that!

  7. These people are crazy

  8. I hope the government will be smarter in future.

  9. Time to read Sharia Law and the Quran the answer is in those.

  10. Remember as you read that the active and true is the most recent, not in the earlier.

  11. Jack Lincer says:

    Great idea Annette. They actually are flooded with human sewage every time Hamas sends it people through them!

  12. Kathy Kupfer says:

    I guess everything happens for a reason, sadly.

  13. Why didn’t Israel act four years ago instead of waiting and putting their people in danger ? Also ,they should have pumped the tunnels full of methane gas .

  14. Iran is doing this wiht thier NUCLEAR facilities

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