Skip to comments.IDF: Hizbullah built mass bunker network
Posted on 07/19/2006 7:09:34 PM PDT by Alouette
Senior Northern Command officer tells Ynet that soldiers killed in Lebanon Wednesday were part of mission aimed at uncovering 40-meter deep poured concrete bunkers along border. Despite challenges, army determined to complete operation
A senior IDF Northern Command officer told Ynet that Hizbullah has set up an extensive underground bunker network not far from the Israeli border.
On Wednesday two IDF soldiers from the Magellan unit were killed and nine more soldiers were wounded during army operations aimed at uncovering the bunkers.
Hizbullah terrorists were hiding out in the fortified underground bunkers some 40 meters (roughly 120 feet) underground, along with mass weapons caches, the officer said. Despite the results of the event, well continue with this operation, the officer stated. There are missions that the Air Force cannot carry out and they need to be completed by other means.
Vice Premier Shimon Peres also mentioned the issue of the bunker network during a recent meeting with European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana. Hizbullah dug tunnels under extensive areas of south Lebanon and rigged the area with a half ton of explosives, Peres said.
The IDF defined the operation in the area as shaping the border. Wednesdays operation, which ended in two fatalities, revealed the challenges the army would have to face to reach this goal. The destruction of Hizbullah bases along the border is only one aspect of the activities, and this mission too is steeped in no small danger, as hundreds of kilograms of explosives have been planted in the area.
Sophisticated bunker system
And further underground, as well, it turns out, there is no small amount of activity. Hizbullah has built a sophisticated system of bunkers, constructed of poured concrete, some of them equipped with communications systems. The IDF knows if they dont demolish this bunker system, there will not be quiet along the border after the operation in Lebanon.
The Magellan units mission was precisely to defeat this threat. There was a short- and mid-range confrontation, the senior officer explained. There were a number of exchanges of fire. The medic and paramedic where hit by small-arms fire and were killed. The area is meticulous planned out by the Hizbullah. There were launchers and many gunmen there. Thats where the rocket fire towards Safed, Hula Valley and the area was carried out from. This isnt a continuous security operation its a war. We have successes, but sometimes things work out less well.
According to the officer, the IDF would continue various operations on Lebanese territory to bring about a change not only the appearance of change, but real change on every square meter near the border. There are dozens more bunkers, caves and tunnels. It doesnt surprise us. We expected it and must overcome it, he said, adding that the army was determined to complete the mission, including in the area where the two soldiers fell Wednesday.
The IDF called on hundreds of thousands of southern Lebanon residents in dozens of villages and town to evacuate their houses for the north to avoid coming to harm. The IDF intends to extend it attacks deeper into Lebanese territory, up to a couple dozen miles from the Israeli border. The army is aware that hundreds of thousands of Lebanese have evacuated, but many more remain in the targeted area.
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You have to wonder how many of these tunnels cross the border.
I was just wondering if maybe we shouldnt hire Hizbollah to finish up the big dig, I havent heard of a Hizbollah tunnel that leaked or the roof fell in on . I am sure they wouldnt mind negotiating with their friend Ted Kennedy .
Looks like both sides had plans. Obviously they are not Democrats. But that being said. This could be a bloody run for Israel. Keep them in your prayers Freepers!
These guys and their damnned caves...
Thank god the UN cease fire put a check on Hizbullshi*
Can the bunkers be detected in another way?
120 foot deep bunkers. Now we need a noah type flood.
Pour water in the highest area you can find to flood them out.
Note where the rat holes are.
Fill 'em with cement!
Note: If you're in a hurry, skip step 1. Let them suffocate.
The 'cease fire' resolution also called for the U.N. to disarm Hezbollha. Once again the U.N. fails and people die.
What possible peaceful purpose is there in a network of underground bunkers?
Hint: Time to come to the light...
They are going to have to come up with a way to detect these things. It seems to be a way of life over there. First it was Saddam and his underground bunkers and OBL and his tunnel systems. We have to find a way to not only detect them, but collapse them as well.
They might be hiding the captured soldiers in there.
I think a good idea is to pump in concentrated marijuana smoke, then go in when everyone is comfortably stoned (I was going to suggest hashish, but they used to feed to "assassins")
Or maybe that knockout gas the Russians used to storm the theater in Moscow.
Looks like we need underground drones.
Perhaps we can look for plumes of CO2 enriched atmosphere coming from the ground and moving with the wind. Supposedly many insect pest can find their 'hosts' by following the CO2 plume.
(Go Israel, Go! Slap 'Em, Down Hezbullies.)
They need a sandworm thumper to bring the beast to the surface.
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