Israeli soldiers find terror tunnel inside Gaza mosque (video)By Mason White 1:31 PM July 31, 2014
|Entrance to terror tunnel inside Gaza mosque|
By: Aryeh Savir
(Scroll down for video) A group of Israeli soldiers found and destroyed a terror tunnel that they found inside a mosque, the Tazpit News Agency reported.
The IDF is continuing to dismantle the terror tunnels in Gaza, while deepening its hold on the Gaza Strip.
For the first time in the operation, the IDF entered the Jabaliya refugee camp. Israel has reportedly stepped up its military strikes on Hamas targets as well.
In one incident, Givati forces shot and killed a gunman, who fired an anti-tank missile at troops in the southern Gaza Strip. In the course of house searches in the central Gaza Strip, IDF soldiers uncovered sensitive intelligence gathered by Hamas on the IDF, numerous weapons, and a large number of tunnels used as bunkers linking several houses.
A joint IDF task force further uncovered the tunnel entrance on the ground floor of the mosque that had been used by Hamas terrorists to attack Israeli soldiers.
Three soldiers were killed yesterday, when the structure they entered, a former United Nations clinic, blew up. They were operating in Gaza in order to uncover offensive tunnels, and indeed uncovered a tunnel opening inside a house in the southern Gaza Strip.
Two explosive devices were detonated near the soldiers, one from within the tunnel and a second one that was concealed within the house. The explosion caused the building to collapse and several soldiers were injured.
Fifty-six soldiers and three civilians were killed since the beginning of the operation. The IDF is set to call up an additional 16,000 reservists today, to give the military “some breathing room,” bringing the total of reserve soldiers to 86,000.
Israel called for another four-hour humanitarian truce yesterday afternoon, which Hamas did not accept. Indeed, Hamas fired more than 140 rockets into Israel in the course of the day.
Endless reports on a possible ceasefire continue. An Israeli delegation reportedly flew to Cairo for ceasefire discussions, and left after just a few hours. The Hamas delegation did not come. Egypt was said to be refusing to host a Palestinian delegation until Hamas stops firing rockets, which it is refusing to do.
Channel 2 reported that some 300,000 residents of southern Israel, have left their homes since the start of Operation Protective Edge due to the rocket fire from the Gaza Strip and the infiltration threat.
Many are reluctant to return, as the tunnel threat is still a concern. Since last night, the IDF and IAF have targeted approximately 110 terror activity sites across the Gaza Strip. Five of the targets were the homes of senior Hamas officials who used their homes as command and control centers.
Over the past 24 hours, over 140 rockets were fired at Israel, 81 rockets hit Israel, 9 were intercepted, and 50 fell short in the Gaza Strip. 36% of rockets fired at Israel yesterday fell short in the Gaza Strip. Hamas has fired over 2,670 rockets at Israeli civilians since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge.
In the video below, you can see the Israeli soldiers discovering the terror tunnel inside the Gaza mosque.