Israeli jets strike third Palestinian terror tunnel

The Israel air strike Saturday night, Jan. 13, in the southern Gaza Strip was aimed at a terror tunnel running 180m into Israel that Hamas was building under the Kerem Shalom crossing through which convoys of goods pass from Israel to the Gaza Strip. It also ran into Egyptian territory under the Rafah border between Gaza and Sinai. This was disclosed early Sunday by the IDF spokesman. He noted that Israeli fighters hit the tunnel at the Gaza end. Work to finish its demolition continued Sunday. The new tunnel ran under the gas and heavy oil pipelines through which Israel supplies the Gaza Strip population with fuel.

This was the third Palestinian terror tunnel Israel had discovered and destroyed in the Gaza Strip in recent months. Hamas and the Iranian-backed Islamic Jihad were responsible for the first two.

DEBKAfile adds: Clearly the IDF has been able to develop the technology for detecting and destroying the terror tunnels, so robbing Palestinians of one of their prime weapons of terror against Israel. Hamas will also have understood that Israel gave Egypt prior warning of its air strike Saturday night. This prompted the night curfew Cairo imposed on northern Sinai including the Rafah region an hour earlier. The tunnel network is also Hamas’ main conduit for smuggling arms and combatants into and out of the Gaza Strip through Sinai. Now that the Gaza Strip is under total land blockade, the Palestinian terrorist group faces hard options: Accept Egyptian and Fatah terms for reconciliation, launch a massive rocket attack on Israel, or call on the help of its allies Iran and Hizballah for action to break the blockade and deliver funds and weapons that can overwhelm the IDF and its new anti-tunnel technology.


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21 thoughts on “Israeli jets strike third Palestinian terror tunnel

  • Jan 14, 2018 @ 9:59 at 9:59

    One less terrorist tunnel to worry about————–

  • Jan 14, 2018 @ 11:59 at 11:59

    Kudo’s to the IDF. Next stop nr.4.

  • Jan 14, 2018 @ 13:53 at 13:53

    The picture shows the tunnel passing under Israel, not into Israel. So what gives?

    • Jan 14, 2018 @ 16:44 at 16:44

      I don’t the point of your question. Are you asking why did the tunnel run under Israel and not just under Gaza and Egypt? Or are you asking why was it destroyed?

    • Jan 19, 2018 @ 2:16 at 2:16

      The story indicates the tunnel was used to smuggle materiel into Gaza. That gives Israel, the intended target of such munitions, strong reason to close it.

  • Jan 14, 2018 @ 14:11 at 14:11

    We now see pictures of ISIS slitting the throats and shooting Hamas agents. ISIS don’t like how conciliatory the Hamas barbarians are and want all out war today with Israel. I think that prospect of wild ISIS beasts in the Sinai region will either mean a terror war inside Gaza between ISIS and Hamas or it will push Hamas to do something very stupid against Israel which will mean that Gaza will be made into a nice beach of glassy sand for the European contributors to terrorism in Gaza which they will be able to visit during their vacation getaways from jihadist attacks in Europe.

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  • Jan 14, 2018 @ 16:31 at 16:31

    Did the IDF destruction of the Hamas tunnel interrupt the flow of oil and gas into Gaza? Why?

  • Jan 14, 2018 @ 16:46 at 16:46

    Why? Who cares why! The innocents (if there are any) suffer due to the actions of the sick demented jihadi terrorists….why is that so hard to understand?

  • Jan 14, 2018 @ 17:56 at 17:56

    Blessings of Hashem upon the IDF!

  • Jan 14, 2018 @ 19:07 at 19:07

    This Tunnel was meant to circumvent the Egyptian anti tunnel system along the Egypt Gaza border by crossing through a corner of Israel where the anti tunnel system does not exist.

    • Jan 14, 2018 @ 19:38 at 19:38

      ps, thanks for the insight

  • Jan 14, 2018 @ 21:04 at 21:04

    Only rats dig tunnels. Lol

  • Jan 14, 2018 @ 21:44 at 21:44

    Israel should take out a few Hamas leader’s mansions as well.

  • Jan 14, 2018 @ 22:13 at 22:13

    Did not see the point of tunnel in strange configuration, thanks ps

    • Jan 15, 2018 @ 9:35 at 9:35

      The supplies to Gaza come from Egypt.

  • Jan 15, 2018 @ 6:06 at 6:06

    Other sources report a tunnel spur that was not completed but designed to lead into Israel. Hence Israel’s concern.

  • Jan 15, 2018 @ 6:32 at 6:32

    These two-legged rats are almost as resourceful as their four-legged relatives – and must be treated as such !

  • Jan 15, 2018 @ 10:30 at 10:30

    Notice the concrete walls in the article’s picture of the inside of the tunnel. That concrete was being supplied to Gaza as part of a humanitarian effort to rebuild damaged civilian structures. It looks like Hamas and Islamic Jihad found another use for it. Has anyone updated the Europeans and Turkey about this——or do they already know and do not care?

  • Jan 15, 2018 @ 16:52 at 16:52

    Good job, Israel! Keep up the good work.

  • Jan 17, 2018 @ 10:38 at 10:38

    Simple solution.
    Dont allow concrete deliveries
    to Gasa. And build sandwitch board based structures as shelter for civilians. Light building only.
    So nobody can build tunnels with boards made of sheet metal steel and polyurethane.
    The people on the hill tops in Juda and Shomron build like this. It is sufficient for dwelling so the arabs in Gaza should be contend with it too.

    Also for “technical reasons” block the gas line as it might have been damaged by dismanteling the tunnel an take many months for safety tests and inspections before opening it again or keep it closed as inspections revealed a savety problem while rebuilding is too expensive or impossible for other ressons.
    Be strong and fight against the enemy

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