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IDF searching for Hamas tunnels along Gaza border

In effort to assuage concerns by Israelis living along the border, who report hearing nighttime banging and clattering coming from underground, military engineers look for tunneling work into Israeli territory.

Matan Tzuri

In an effort to assuage increasing concerns by Israelis living along the Gaza border, who say they’ve been hearing Hamas digging tunnels under their homes, the IDF has started to drill along the border in an effort to locate terror tunnels.

The military is also installing classified technological systems to identify tunnels.


Hamas announced last week it had rehabilitated cross-border tunnels destroyed during the 2014 Operation Protective Edge – a muscle-flexing message to Israel, its security partner Egypt and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, the Islamists’ US-backed rival.


“The resistance factions are in a state of ongoing preparation underground, above ground, on land and sea,” Hamas deputy leader Ismail Haniyeh said at a rally called to honor seven tunnelers who were killed in a cave-in on Tuesday.


Haniyeh claimed that Hamas has twice the number of tunnels as those used in the Vietnam war against US forces – a tall order, but bold enough a claim to shore up the worries of Israeli residents.


In light of repeated claims by Israelis living along the border that they’ve been hearing banging and clattering at night, the IDF has been working to examine each such report. So far, the military has yet to find an attack tunnel inside Israel.


“The fear among everyone here is constant,” Nissim Hakmon, from moshav Pri Gan near the Gaza Strip, told Reuters. “I’ve heard the sound of a hammer and chisel and my neighbor says she can hear them digging under


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