Senior AMAN officer reveals: Explosion of the Telem army post’s watchtower by the Hamas-led assailants Sunday disabled its electronic instruments

Corp Roee Amitai, 19, from Lod, injured in the Hamas attack on his post Sunday, said his unit had been warned about a tunnel from Gaza.
They were also told to be alert because a Palestinian group was preparing an attack. Lt. Hanan Barak, 20, from Arad and Sgt. Pavel Slotzker, 20, from Dimona, were killed when the Hamas-led terror group struck their tank and post opposite the Kerem Shalom crossing Sunday, June 25. Corp. Gideon Shalit, 19, was taken hostage. Roee was one of the 6 soldiers injured, one seriously.
Monday, debkafile obtained exclusive details about the course of the Palestinian triple attack. Palestinian gunmen wearing IDF uniforms and badges, armed with Israeli regulation MI6 rifles, leaped out of a tunnel 200 meters behind Israeli lines, early Sunday, June 25. Led by Hamas S. Gaza commander, Abu Shamleh and representing several terrorist groups including the “Islamic Army (an al Qaeda cover name), they hurled grenades and a rocket-propelled grenade into the tank guarding the IDF position, killing the commander and another soldier, blew up an empty armored carrier and stormed the Telem military position facing the southern Gaza Strip.
debkafile reports: This was the first IDF post in the fortifications ringing the Gaza Strip to fall into Palestinian hands.
The assailants had spent 24 hours before the attack in the one-kilometer long tunnel, which they had been digging since winter from Rafah on the Gaza side of the border.
Although Hamas tipped off the media between 6 and 6:30 am Sunday that its Ezz e-Din al Qassam armed wing and the PRC had carried out a raid and snatched an Israeli soldier, Israel intelligence was unaware of the abduction. Our sources report that Israel’s intelligence “blindness” in the Gaza Strip dates back to March of this year. It was no secret that Hamas was preparing a major terrorist attack in the vicinity of the Kerem Shalom and Sufa crossings from S. Gaza into Israel; a terror alert kept them closed in the past week.

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