Hamas terror tunnels reach deep into Israel, Gaza official warns

An Israel Defense Forces soldier overlooks at Hamas-built terror tunnel in Gaza in July 2014, during Operation Protective Edge. Credit: Israel Defense Forces.

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) A senior Hamas official warned Wednesday that the Palestinian terrorist group’s efforts to rebuild the Gaza Strip’s terror tunnel grid are advancing rapidly, and that some tunnels dug under the border already run deep into Israeli territory.

“Israeli technology will not be able to stop the resistance as long as Hamas exists,” Hamas official Mahmoud al-Zahar told Oman-based Alwatan News. “Even if Israel is able to uncover a tunnel, or two, or 10, they [the tunnels] run deep under Israel, beyond Gaza, into 1948 territory.”

He added that regardless of the tunnel grid, Hamas had “other advanced measures” with which it could fight Israel. The Israeli military had destroyed Hamas’s terror tunnel network during Operation Protective Edge in the summer of 2014.

Posted on February 4, 2016 .