The Israeli military released another video Monday showing a firefight between Israeli troops and Palestinian terrorists, likely trying to infiltrate a Israeli community near Gaza.
The Israeli Defense Forces said that 10 armed Palestinians emerged on the Israeli side of the border from a Hamas-constructed tunnel, apparently hoping that the grass would provide camouflage.
The IDF spokesman’s office said the militants were divided into two separate squads that infiltrated Israel through the tunnel. An Israeli air force jet bombed one of the squads, while the others apparently were killed during the firefight, part of which is shown in the above video.
Israel said that all 10 Palestinians were killed.
Residents of the nearby communities of Kibbutz Am and Kibbutz Erez were told to stay inside while the fight unfolded about a half a mile from the city of Sderot.
Monday’s infiltration was the latest in a series of Hamas attempts to attack Israeli civilians through a sophisticated web of underground tunnels. Hamas, which the U.S. designated as a foreign terrorist organization, continued firing rockets at Israeli cities, bringing the total up to a count of more than 1,820 rockets in the last two weeks, an average of 140 a day, according to the IDF.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said last Thursday at the start of the” ground operation” that the main objective was to dismantle Hamas’ terror tunnel network.
“We’ve expanded the forces on the ground in order to accomplish that mission. All of Gaza is an underground city, and the amount of infrastructure Hamas built up over the years is immense. There are tunnels, extended bunkers, weapons storage facilities, even within urban areas,” Israeli military spokesman Capt. Eytan Buchman said to the Washington Post.
As it widens its fight against Hamas, Israeli aircraft on Friday reportedly struck a warehouse in Sudan that was storing rockets for Hamas, ynetnews reports.
The report said the Sudanese government did not reveal the strike so as not to expose its ties to Hamas.
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