Skip to comments.Egypt discovers enormous tunnels coming from Gaza
Posted on 03/11/2016 3:52:49 PM PST by SJackson
Tunnels big enough to fit a truck have been discovered by the Egyptian military on the Sinai-Gaza border. These tunnels are allegedly the source of weapons being used by ISIS and Islamic Jihad in the peninsula, and point to a thriving weapons industry in the Strip.
Hamas tunnel during Operation Protective Edge (Photo: Reuters)
Hamas has been digging tunnels on the border of Egypt that are big enough to permit vehicles the size of trucks to go through, according to Egyptian security officials.
Hamas tunnel exposed from the Egyptian side
The tunnels connect the Gaza Strip with the Sinai Peninsula, and are being built in order to compensate for the tunnels which were flooded or blocked by the Egyptians.
These enormous tunnels, some of which stretch for over three kilometers, are designed to traverse the security zone Egypt set up between the border with Gaza and the Sinai. This security zone which ranges between half a kilometer and a kilometer in length on the Egyptian side has been cleared out of any buildings or people. The area has also been flooded in order to block the existing shafts into the tunnels.
These tunnels are meant to transfer fighters and weapons, as well as building materials and other imports in an effort by Hamas to break the economic siege imposed on the Strip, Egyptian officials said.
Israeli security officials don't know of any tunnels that large crossing into Israel. However, if they do exist, Israel will have to take into account the possibility of the existence of tunnels that are over three kilometers in length, which will make them harder to find.
Hamas tunnel dug after Operation Protective Edge (Photo: Reuters)
Israel estimates that the recent increase in the number of tunnel collapses in Gaza in the past several months is due to the increased difficulty in obtaining materials to structurally support the tunnels principally wood and cement. To replace these materials, Hamas is using fiberglass, which is also illegal to import into the Strip. Hamas still tries to smuggle it in, even though the material can't support the same amount of weight as cement, and collapses.
The Egyptian government also notes another worrying phenomenon regarding the relations between Hamas and the terrorist organizations in the Sinai: it turns out that Hamas has become a weapons exporter to Egypt. In the past several months, several types of weapons were found by Egyptian security forces which bear the markings of being manufactured by the Hamas military wing.
Amongst the weapons found were solar water heaters filled with explosive materials, which are one of the deadliest weapons ISIS in Sinai uses against the Egyptian military. The solar water heaters are used as IEDs with the ability to take out a tank. A few years ago, Hamas used one of these IEDs and disabled an Israeli tank.
The Egyptian government also claims that ISIS shoots Hamas-made rockets at Egyptian military bases in the peninsula.
Weapons cache discovered in a tunnel in Gaza (Photo: IDF Spokespersons Unit)
Hamas also ships weapons from the Gaza Strip to elements affiliated with global Islamic Jihad which is active in Sinai. These are weapons which were smuggled into Gaza either by the Iranians or from Libya, which then ended up in the hands of the jihadists.
At present, there is a new reason to worry the export of weapons made in the Strip in industrial quantaties is a new phenomenon which indicates a new level of institutionalization of the weapons manufacturing process in the Gaza Strip
Most of the aid $ the PA gets goes instead to fund the building of these tunnels..
For those who say Obama has accomplished nothing in the middle east, he's brought Egypt into the fight against regional terror. Of course he's not happy about that, Egypt is fighting his terrorists, Muslim Brotherhood, Iran and their clients.
Just add 1000 gallons of propane and an ignition source....
Time to shake the Earth. Do it it right and five to one says they do not come back ...
All these war-making preparations are paid for by O and Company.
But gotta hand it to these Muslim murder gang basturds, they can dig holes in the ground really well!
Maybe they should be rounded up and.. instead of just shooting them outright...they can be relocated to King Solomon’s mines (reportedly some of them are in Sinai) and put to work. Profits then can be remitted to the survivors of their Satanic terror attacks, bombings, shootings, and knife attacks both in Israel and now in Syria and Iraq too
Islamists have the drive and will to conquer.
Who has the drive and will to defend innocents?
IMHO, napalm should be pumped into the tunnels and then light ‘em up! Allahu Fubar!
0bama’s shovel ready jobs
All that diggin’. If they put that labor to a useful endeavor the would have struck oil by now but killing Jews is so much more important.
if Hamas were dead, there would be no problem
the way to end a war is to kill the enemy and have a complete victory
there is no other course
Environmental damage! Call the EPA on HAMAS. Let that one play out!
Yep. click.. KABOOOOOOM! passage collapse and fried tunnel rats.
Cue Ted Baxter........
Tunnels, they’re what fuel/air bombs are for! Pumping them full of seawater like the Egyptians do is OK, But nothing says welcome to Hell like a thermobaric weapon.
And we are still funding the PA as a humanitarian project. Wonder how much of that money is siphoned off for tunnels.
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