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IDF Says It Neutralized a Hamas Terror Tunnel in Gaza

August 16, 2022

by: Ynet~Yoav Zitun

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Entrance to munitions-smuggling tunnel near Israeli–Egyptian border (illustrative).

Tuesday, 16 August 2022 | The IDF [Israel Defense Forces] said Monday it has neutralized in the past few days an attack tunnel belonging to the Hamas terrorist organization, dug from the northern Gaza Strip and leading to Israeli territory.

The terror tunnel did not cross the newly-constructed underground sensory barrier, thus did not pose a threat to Israeli communities in the area near the Gaza Strip border.

The army said the tunnel was identified a few weeks ago as part of the consistent and ongoing efforts to detect and neutralize terrorist infrastructure in the Gaza perimeter.

The destruction of the tunnel was delayed by last week’s operation in Gaza, dubbed Breaking Dawn, in order not to expose the forces to the anti-tank threats on the border.

The tunnel was dug dozens of meters underground from the Gaza City, and was being built in the direction of a post that is air-parallel to Kibbutz Alumim. The tunnel’s route crossed the border on paper, but [did] not breach the new barrier.

“The tunnel routes were first neutralized during Operation Guardian of the Walls in 2021,” said outgoing Commanding Officer of the Gaza Division, BG Nimrod Aloni. “We recently identified efforts to restore the old tunnel route.

“Following an examination, we located the two tunnel routes. The neutralization of this tunnel joins a long list of covert and open operations that significantly damaged the underground terrorist tunnel infrastructure of the Hamas terrorist organization, and we will continue to go after them.”

Posted on August 16, 2022

Source: (This article was originally published by Ynetnews on August 15, 2022. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our publication today. See original article at this link.)

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