Israel has destroyed 15 Hamas terror tunnels that penetrated into southern Israeli territory over the past year – including one operational tunnel extending into the Mediterranean Sea. That particular tunnel was designed for Hamas naval commandos to exit and enter the northern Gaza Strip unnoticed via an underwater outlet.
The IDF completed construction this year of 27 kilometers (16.8 miles) of an Israeli underground barrier designed to block Hamas tunnels from infiltrating into Israeli territory from Gaza. The barrier, which continues beyond the land and into the sea, will also block Hamas naval commandos from infiltration efforts via the Mediterranean.
In the north, IDF engineers have completed 13 kilometers (8 miles) of a nine-meter-high (30 ft) concrete barrier along the northern border with Lebanon, and two and a half kilometers on the northern border with Syria and Jordan.
The IDF has also identified and destroyed at least five Hezbollah cross-border attack tunnels penetrating into northern Israeli territory from southern Lebanon. Operation Northern Shield is continuing with its goal of identifying and eliminating the remaining existing cross-border attack tunnels dug by the Iranian-backed terror organization, whose leader, Hassan Nasrallah, has clearly stated the group’s intention to invade and conquer Israel’s northern Galilee region.
The reaction of what appears to be Hezbollah terrorists when they see the cement we poured into the attack tunnel that they had been digging from Lebanon into Israel, spilling out on the Lebanese side.
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) December 28, 2018
WATCH: IDF officer calls out in Arabic to the residents of the Lebanese Shiite village of Ayta ash-Shab, warning them to clear the area prior to the demolition of an attack tunnel dug by Hezbollah from underneath their village into Israeli territory. pic.twitter.com/s08zkXnXQc
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) December 26, 2018
“We acted successfully against the precision capabilities that [Hezbollah] tried to achieve and against their attempts to establish themselves on the Golan Heights front,” the IDF Spokesperson said in a statement last week.
“It’s not hard to imagine what would have happened if hundreds of Hezbollah operatives had entered [Israel from Lebanon] through underground attack tunnels. We detected and prepared for this threat in secret.”