by: Ilse Strauss
Tuesday, 9 July 2019 | The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) took to Twitter on Monday night to share the news of foiling yet another exploit by Palestinian terror groups in the Gaza Strip to murder, maim and kidnap Israelis. “IDF [Israel Defense Forces] troops just revealed an underground terror tunnel dug from Gaza into Israel,” the army tweeted.
“How’d we find it?” the tweet continued. “While building an underground security barrier. Why are we building an underground barrier? To stop Gaza terrorists from digging tunnels into Israel. Guess it’s working.”
According to the Times of Israel, it is not clear at this point whether the tunnel is a new terror initiative or older infrastructure not yet discovered by the IDF.
“At this time, IDF soldiers are conducting an investigation of the passage,” the army said in a statement. “More information will be provided shortly.”
The announcement of the discovery of the tunnel—dug by terror groups in Gaza as a means to cross the border underground, feed an armed militia into Israel undetected, swarm border communities and murder and kidnap civilians—comes on the fifth anniversary of Operation Protective Edge, the 2014 operation aimed at detecting and destroying such underground passageways.
During the seven-week war, Israel identified and demolished 32 terror tunnels. Monday’s tunnel is also the 18th discovered in the aftermath of Operation Protective Edge, which brings the total detected underground passageways dug from Gaza into Israel to 50.
Given the great threat these tunnels pose, Israel has invested heavily in a solution to fortify its people against the menace: a 40-mile (65-km) subterranean wall running the length of the Israel–Gaza land border, topped with a 19-foot (6-m) galvanized steel smart fence. The subterranean barrier comes equipped with state-of-the-art sensors and monitoring devices to detect any underground activity—like armed terrorists digging a cross-border tunnel.
The complete fortifications reportedly cost NIS 3 billion (US $877). While the price tag sounds hefty, the barriers—set for completion at the end of the year—are already proving their worth in that construction activities led to the discovery of the latest tunnel.
As terror groups in Gaza spend their time, energy and precious resources conjuring up new ways of making good on their vow of annihilating their Jewish neighbor, Israel will answer each evolution of terror with new “groundbreaking technological defenses” to secure the safety of its people.
Posted on July 9, 2019
Source: (Bridges for Peace, July 9, 2019)
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