IDF warns Hamas is focusing on one major terror tunnel to massacre Israelis
By Shimon Cohen
An IDF appraisal of the current security threats published on Wednesday morning estimates that over 1,000 Hamas terrorists are currently working on digging one central terror tunnel leading deep into sovereign Israeli territory.
The estimation, published in Yedioth Aharonoth, shows a sharp break from past activity when Hamas worked on constructing dozens of smaller tunnels simultaneously. Around 30 such tunnels were destroyed in 2014 Operation Protective Edge, but Hamas has since been busy rebuilding the system.
According to the report, the digging on the main tunnel is advancing at a pace of 50 meters (around 55 yards) a day, and the decision to focus on one central and high-quality tunnel was made by Hamas management in light of the lessons of Protective Edge.
Hamas intends to use the tunnel so as to transport its terrorists deep into Israeli territory and launch a massive surprise attack. The estimation states that the tunnel already crossed under the border fence a considerable time ago.
One hundred special engineering vehicles have been deployed by the IDF to the Gazan front according to the report, including 30 drills which are digging down to search for the tunnels based on intelligence information. However, currently there are still no results to show for the efforts. On Tuesday, IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot said the tunnels in Gaza are now the army’s main priority.
The report on one major tunnel being constructed confirms the warnings made by Brig. Gen. (res.) Yossi Langotzki to Arutz Sheva earlier this week. Langotzki, a leading expert on the war on terror tunnels, said that the current activities by security forces to locate the tunnels come too late, as the tunnels have already crossed under the border and reach into Israeli territory.
He also warned that the threat of tunnels exists on the northern border as well, with Hezbollah’s tunnel digging abilities already having been proven in the First and Second Lebanon Wars.
Before Protective Edge Hamas had built 33 tunnels over the course of four years, which it unveiled to limited effect during the confrontation. However, the terrorist group has yet to reestablish its tunnel system to where it was at before the war.
Israelis living in the surrounding environs of Gaza have reported hearing the sound of digging from beneath their homes, with vibrations evenshaking their houses. Those reports
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