Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

IDF reveals technology behind discovery of Hamas terror tunnels

IDF reveals technology behind discovery of Hamas terror tunnels

The Israeli army destroyed a Hamas terror tunnel that stretched from Gaza into southern Israel.

It is the fifth such detection in as many months and Israeli officials regard publicity around their tunnel hunts as a double-edged sword. According to the news report, Hamas, has switched to riots following the successful deployment of Iron Dome to negate the threat of rockets, and the laboratory, which has been thwarting Hamas's attempts to launch an underground raid against Israel.

"This was clearly a terror tunnel that connected to other tunnels in the Gaza Strip", IDF Spokesperson Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus said. Hamas did not comment.

By the end of next year, the IDF will deploy sensors as part of the laboratory's tools all along the border, and will complete both underground and overground barriers at the border, as part of a Gaza border defense project estimated to total some 3.5 billion USA dollars, Israel's Hadashot TV news reported. We will receive our hands on most these.

Later on Sunday, Israel went public with a military laboratory it set up in 2016 to pool anti-tunnel expertise.

The laboratory is the technological branch of tunnel detection, and it uses innovative ground research, which includes scanning of cavities and their dynamics, added the IDF. The protests are to culminate in a large rally on May 15, the 70th anniversary of Israel's creation.

The tunnel, which was constructed by Hamas after the Gaza War in 2014, was "ready for use", the IDF spokesman said.

Ryvka Barnard, senior campaigner on Militarism and Security at War on Want, said that "as long as HSBC maintains business with companies arming Israel, its role in the oppression of Palestinians will continue to raise alarm and generate protest".

Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said geophysicists from his ministry were involved in the anti-tunnel efforts, as well as researchers from the Technion, an Israeli university, and from state-owned Rafael Advanced Defense Systems.

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