At least one Hamas official was killed in the collapse of a terror tunnel in the area of Khan Yunis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. Israel: “We are dealing with the tunnels, but mostly through covert efforts.”
The main threat in the south: tunnels Photo Credit: Reuters / Channel 2 News
The Palestinians reported that several Hamas military wing personnel were killed today (Tuesday), as yet another tunnel collapsed in Gaza. This is the third time that such an incident has occurred in the past two weeks, as part of the terror organization’s efforts to rebuild its tunnel infrastructure – which has become the main target against Israel. Hamas’s spokesperson reported that one of those killed in the incident was Marwan Barhoum, a resident of Khan Yunis.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu toured the Eastern border with Jordan earlier today and stated that “In the end, the State of Israel as I see it will have a fence surrounding everything… In the environment in which we live, we must protect ourselves from predators.”
“We have very advanced capabilities for locating tunnels.” Eizenkot Photo Credit: Channel 2 News
Meanwhile, the Israeli military system stressed the importance of focusing efforts on locating tunnels in the Gaza envelope. “We have made dealing with the threat of attack tunnels our number one mission for 215-2016,” claimed IDF Chief of General Staff Gadi Eizenkot. He went on to stress that Israel was very well prepared in terms of defense, and was dealing with the underground threat of tunnels through intelligence efforts, initiated operations, stratagems and innovations. “We have very advanced capabilities for locating tunnels,” Eizenkot claimed. “Whoever visits the area of the border with Gaza will see engineering vessels working nonstop to locate tunnels.”
A media battle with Hamas. Mordechai Photo Credit: Channel 2 News
The ongoing battle between the IDF and Hamas is taking place not only on the ground and under it, but also in the media. Yesterday, Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Yoav Mordechai claimed that Hamas treated wounded ISIS men operating in Sinai. In an outraged response, Hamas claimed that “the governmental hospitals in Gaza treat patient who live in Gaza alone,” and Hamas’s Healthy Ministry spokesperson stated that “Israel’s reports have no basis.” The IDF then revealed the name of the person in charge of bringing terrorists from Sinai into Gaza for treatment, also a Khan Yunis resident, in order to refute Hamas’s denial.