Photo Credit: IDF Spokesperson / Flash 90
Hamas terror tunnel uncovered by IDF in northern Gaza in August 2014.

IDF Southern OC Commander Col. Dudu Bar Khalifa described an unusual incident that he said had taken place during Operation Protective Edge in 2014, while lighting Chanukah candles this week with bereaved families of the brigade.

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The officer said during Monday night’s candle-lighting ceremony that the tunnel out of which terrorists emerged during the 2014 summer and which nearly succeeded in their attempt to attack Nir Am, was not their original goal. Hamas originally planned to send 60 terrorists into Sderot.

In a related story, Egyptian forces found a tunnel network from Rafah into Sinai built with 40 cm thick iron walls, dug 10 meters underground, according to Ynet.

Egypt says the Hamas-built tunnels were paid for by Qatar.

When the sea water pumped by Egypt along the Gaza-Sinai border, designed to sink the tunnels, didn’t subside in all areas, they realized something must be blocking it. At which point they dug down and discovered a Hamas network of 17 underground iron-walled tunnels.


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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, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.


  1. these architects of the tunnels put a whole new slant on the sewer rats.. surely, with all of the technical abilities, even the space orbiting watchdogs, the building of these structures must be noted with all the materials being carried to their locations. It is these materials that should be meant for homes in Gaza, obviously these islamists prefer blue-prints to destroy rather than plans to re-home their own.

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