Terror Tunnel discovered by the Israel Defense Forces during Operation Cast Lead [Photo Credit: Army Spokesperson]
On Monday afternoon, Israel blew up a terrorist tunnel that stretched from the Gaza Strip into Israel proper. The tunnel was part of an elaborate network of tunnels created and maintained by the terrorist organization Hamas, for the purpose of infiltrating Israel and to launch surprise attacks on Israeli citizens and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) alike.
“This is a blatant violation of Israeli sovereignty, a situation that can not be accepted and in light of which the IDF acted,” said IDF Spokesperson Brigadier General Ronen Manlis. “The IDF will continue to use all the means at its disposal, above and below ground, to thwart attempts to harm the residents of the State of Israel and to maintain the relative quiet in the area that was achieved after Operation Cast Lead” Manlis added.
The military operation referred to as Operation Cast Lead, refers to a 2008 ground incursion into Gaza by the IDF to stop the barrage of rockets that were fired from Gaza into Israel and to stop the illegal smuggling of weapons in and out of Gaza. During the operation, a vast network of terror tunnels, set up and maintained by the terror organization Hamas, was discovered. Since the conclusion of Operation Cast Lead, Israel has destroyed several of these terror tunnels, sometimes killing terrorists that were inside the tunnels and has continued to search for and to destroy any new tunnels that may have been created since then.
Acts of Terror Continue, IDF Thwarts Car Ramming
The Israeli publication Haaretz reported on Tuesday that two Arabs attempted to run over a group of Israeli soldiers near the community of Halamish (Samaria). In self defense, the soldiers shot and wounded the assailants and luckily no soldiers were hurt in the incident. Halamish was the scene of a gruesome terrorist attack in July, where 19-year old Omar al-Abed, wielding a large knife, burst into the home of a Jewish family celebrating their Friday night Shabbat meal and began stabbing the members of the family. The Arab slayed the grandfather of the family, Yosef Salomon, 70, his daughter Chaya Salomon, 46, and son Elad Salomon, 36. May their names be for a blessing.