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August 20, 2014 / 24 Av, 5774
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3 Suspected Terror Tunnels Found Inside Israeli Community [video]

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

Channel 2 TV reports that 3 suspected tunnel piers were found inside one of the Gaza border communities.

The piers were found next to a kindergarten and a playground, just 100 meters from resident’s homes.

It isn’t clear whether these piers are dug out terror tunnels, or natural sinkholes connected by a tunnel.

The IDF has posted guards near the tunnels as a welcoming committee, just in case the tunnels are to be used for terror purposes.

IDF engineers will examine the holes and tunnel in the coming days to determine what the tunnel is.

The IDF stated, when they pulled out the ground forces from Gaza, that Israel’s residents can return to their homes in the south as the tunnel threat had been eliminated.

Israel destroyed 31 terror tunnels during the operation, 11 of which exited inside Israel.

Hamas Executed Dozens of Terror Tunnel Excavators

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Over the past few weeks, Hamas executed dozens of tunnel excavators, according to a Mako report.

A source in Gaza, familiar with the tunnel industry, told Mako that Hamas suspected these tunnel diggers had information on the location on the tunnels, including their entrances and exits. Hamas was afraid the diggers could have passed the information on these tunnel to Israel.

The source said that most of the workers who dug the tunnels did not know their actual locations.

Truckloads of blindfolded workers were brought inside buildings, and searched to make sure they had no phones, cameras or GPS devices on them. They were not allowed outside as they dug the tunnels, so they would not know their exact location.

The Hamas terrorists were always masked so the workers couldn’t identify them.

A tunnel being dug in Rafah in 2013.

A tunnel being dug in Rafah in 2013.

The workers were paid between $150 to $300 a month for 8 to 12 hour shifts. The workers employed were the professional (smuggling) tunnel diggers from the Rafah and Khan Younis areas.

At the end of the tunnels construction, Hamas murdered dozens of the tunnel diggers they suspected as collaborators with Israel, even if just based on rumor.

Some were murdered when it was discovered they simply had previous connections to Israeli civilians.

The Gazan source said that Hamas was “very cruel”.

A 2012 report said that at least 160 children were killed while digging out the terror tunnels for Hamas.

During Operation Protective Edge, Israel captured 300 terrorists, including dozens that were involved in digging the tunnels or part of the rocket launch crews.

Before Cease Fire, IDF Eliminated Terrorist in Tunnel

Monday, August 11th, 2014

While Hamas was making big noises minutes before the cease fire went into play, by launching rockets at Tel Aviv, the IDF used the period before the cease fire to eliminate a Hamas terrorist in a terror tunnel located in northern Gaza, according to a Ynet report.

Go Inside a Hamas Terror Tunnel

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Meet a Hero

Monday, August 4th, 2014

When Lt. Eitan realized that Lt. Hadar Goldin was kidnapped and pulled into a Hamas terror tunnel in Rafah during the cease fire, he grabbed his soldiers and jumped into the tunnels to chase after them and try to save Lt. Hadar Goldin.

The chase led them into a maze of tunnels 20 meters underground. It was there that they found the personal effects of Lt. Goldin from which the IDF was able to determine that Goldin had not survived the attack. He and his soldiers, with no radio contact with above, searched hundreds of meters of the tunnel maze for Goldin.

Lt. Eitan (24) serves as Deputy Commander of a Pulsar Givati reconnaissance unit.

He grew up in Jerusalem and is a graduate of Yeshivat Horev. His parents, Simcha and Susan, are Olim from New York (1985).

His commanding officers have recommended that he receive a medal for his bravery and actions.

IDF Paratroopers Expose Weapons and Tunnel Openings

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

Day 27 of ‘Operation Protective Edge’ – “We Are Keeping All Options for Action Open”

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

The IDF has begun to partially withdraw troops from parts of the Gaza Strip. Having completed their specific missions, the forces are coming out of completed areas. The IDF is still continuing to complete its mission to destroy the terror tunnels. The IDF estimates it will complete the mission within the next day.

Over the past 24 hours, the IDF struck 153 terror targets in the Gaza Strip, including tunnels, weapon manufacturing and storage facilities, and command and control centers. Among the targets was a Hamas military wing facility that was used for research and development of weapon manufacturing located within the Islamic University.

Hamas was reportedly researching chemical weapons options.

In addition, weapon caches and Hamas command and training facilities concealed within five mosques were targeted.

PM Netanyahu said last night at a press conference that the IDF will continue its military campaign against Hamas in the Gaza Strip for as long as needed and with as much force as necessary. “From the beginning, we promised to return the quiet to Israel’s citizens and we will continue to act until that aim is achieved. We will take as much time as necessary, and will exert as much force as needed,” Netanyahu said. He further stressed that the IDF’s redeployment did not indicate an end to Operation Protective Edge and that the IDF would continue to operate “only on the basis of security considerations.” “I can’t tell you how it’s going to develop,” he said. “We are keeping all options for action open.” Last night a special committee led by the IDF Chief Rabbi announced the death of Lt. Hadar Goldin, 23, an infantry officer in the Givati Brigade who was killed in battle in the Gaza Strip on Friday. Medical, religious and other relevant factors were considered before making the official announcement. Lt. Goldin’s family was notified by Head of the IDF Personnel Directorate Maj. Gen. Orna Barbivai and Chief Military Rabbi Brig. Gen. Rafi Peretz. Minister of Defense Ya’alon visited the family as well. “Prior to the decision, all medical considerations, religious observances, as well as additional relevant issues were taken into consideration,” the IDF statement reads. As Goldin’s group was attacked, two other soldiers, Benaya Sarel and Liel Gidoni, were killed.

At the announcement, many of the hundreds rallying outside the Goldin home in a show of support for the family burst into tears on hearing the news.

Over the past 24 hours 86 rockets were fired at Israel, 58 rockets hit Israel and 6 were intercepted by the Iron Dome system.

Hamas has fired 3,127 rockets towards Israel since the beginning of Operation ‘Protective Edge’.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/day-27-of-operation-protective-edge-we-are-keeping-all-options-for-action-open/2014/08/03/

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