Thursday, 29 April 2010

Israel Matzav: Good news: Hamas digging 'kidnapping tunnels' in Gaza

Good news: Hamas digging 'kidnapping tunnels' in Gaza

Hamas would like to kidnap more Israelis.

As part of its effort to kidnap an Israeli, Hamas has dug a series of tunnels near the border fence with Israel. These tunnels have been dug by troops who serve in Hamas’s regional battalions, each battalion in its own sector. The opening of the tunnel is in close proximity to Israel, but inside Gaza territory, and is designed to facilitate the capture of IDF troops crossing the border into the Gaza Strip in the course of operational activity. The idea is for the tunnel to serve as a trap, inside of which Hamas terrorists are lying in wait. One group of terrorists is supposed to provoke an Israeli incursion into the Gaza Strip, so that the terrorists waiting in the tunnels can capture one of the soldiers and transport him via the tunnels deep into Gaza.

These specially-dug tunnels are designed to facilitate kidnappings only, and are not suited for smuggling goods. There are three other more familiar types of tunnels that have been in use in Gaza up until now. The first type are the smuggling tunnels that run beneath Philadelphi Road, and which are geared to facilitate the smuggling of military equipment, goods and people into the Gaza Strip from Egypt. The second type are attack tunnels, which are dug out of the Gaza Strip into Israel; these tunnels are geared to facilitate an attack, including kidnapping, by terrorists inside Israel. The third type are command and mobility tunnels, which span tens of miles beneath the urban expanses of the Gaza Strip; these tunnels allow for commanders and troops to move beneath the ground from one sector to another, and to send in reinforcements and equipment.

What could go wrong?

Israel Matzav: Good news: Hamas digging 'kidnapping tunnels' in Gaza

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