Gaza ‘terror tunnel’ uncovered near border kibbutz
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A 1.5-mile tunnel running from the Gaza Strip to the Israeli border kibbutz Ein Hashlosha was uncovered last week, Israeli officials announced Oct. 13.
Israel Defense Forces units uncovered the massive tunnel Oct. 10, and according to defense officials quoted on Army Radio, it was meant for the abduction of Israeli soldiers or for a large terror attack.
During a speech last week at Bar-Ilan University, IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz said the next war Israel might face could start with a terror tunnel attack at an Israeli border town or at a local kindergarten there.
The tunnel could have held several hostages and been used to spirit them away quickly into the Gaza Strip, Army Radio reported. It is about 50 feet deep, with several exits. Its final exit was discovered in farmland near Ein Hashlosha.
The residents of Ein Hashlosha heard digging and alerted the IDF, which then uncovered the tunnel. Eshkol region local council head Haim Yalin said the tunnel entered a quarter mile into Israel and “looks like the New York subway and was apparently meant for abducting troops.”
The starting point of the tunnel is located in the village of Abasan Al-Sair, between the town of Khan Yunis and the border fence with Israel. Over the weekend, special forces of Israel’s Yahalom combat engineering unit conducted extensive engineering tests at the tunnel to examine whether it contained explosives.
Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said that the “terror tunnel” discovery on the Gaza border “serves as additional proof that the Hamas terror organization is continually preparing for a confrontation with the State of Israel and to carry out terror attacks, if it feels they are made possible, despite the cease-fire that it has been coerced into by IDF deterrence.” — jns.org