Just a few hours before the start of a humanitarian ceasefire, IDF
forces identified approximately 13 terrorists attempting to infiltrate
Israel through a terror tunnel constructed by Hamas. The tunnel led
underground from the southern Gaza Strip towards Kibbutz Sufa, near the Kerem Shalom Crossing through which humanitarian aid enters Gaza.
IDF forces thwarted an impending terror attack
, preventing the
terrorists from attacking an Israeli kibbutz. The foiled attack could
have had deadly and devastating consequences if carried out. No injuries
were reported to IDF soldiers. Tunnel opening and Hamas weapons at site Copyright: IDF Spokesperson
IDF Spokesman Brig. Gen. Moti
Almoz speaking on Israel TV Channel 2: "We knew specifically about this
tunnel. We knew Hamas would try [to launch a terror attack] in any way
it can. This attack was meant to be a killing spree in one of the
villages nearby. The volley of rockets that hit central Israel in the
last hour, just ahead of a humanitarian ceasefire beginning at 10 a.m.,
“was meant as an envelope for this attack."
On July 8th, another
major terrorist attack was foiled when a massive terror tunnel was
exposed and was blown up close to the Kerem Shalom crossing, where
dozens of truckloads of goods enter Gaza every day.
foiled terror attacks took place close to the land crossings between
Israel and Gaza, which function as important lifelines for the civilian
population of Gaza. Despite these repeated attacks, Israel will continue to operate the land crossings
in order to allow for goods to enter the Gaza Strip.