May 30, 2024 | Flash Brief

IDF Finds Terror Tunnel Near Rafah Crossing

May 30, 2024 | Flash Brief

IDF Finds Terror Tunnel Near Rafah Crossing

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Anti-tank missiles, grenades, and AK-47 automatic rifles were among the weapons discovered by Israeli troops on May 29 in a terror tunnel located several hundred feet from the Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt. The 1.5 km tunnel “branched into several sub-routes and was used by Hamas terrorists for movement, transferring weapons and initiating terrorist attacks,” Israel Defense Forces (IDF) spokesperson Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari said. “We are investigating these tunnels and neutralizing them. In parallel, the troops continue to conduct operations,” he added.

Expert Analysis

“The discovery of tunnels in Gaza near the Egyptian border reveals how Hamas sought to exploit the border area to hide its terrorist activities. Hamas also used the border area to smuggle weapons and to place its rockets that have terrorized Israel over the last two decades.” — Seth J. Frantzman, FDD Adjunct Fellow

“Hamas has invested substantial time and resources in building a vast network of underground tunnels, which serves as a crucial infrastructure for military operations. However, the sheer scale and complexity of this infrastructure pose a significant challenge for Israeli forces, as dismantling it would require considerable time and resources. This could be a hurdle for the Israeli military, particularly given the international pressure to accept a ceasefire with Hamas and refrain from further military action.” — Joe Truzman, Senior Research Analyst at FDD’s Long War Journal

Philadelphi Corridor was ‘Lifeline’ for Hamas

The tunnel uncovered on May 29 was one of 20 found by the IDF in the Philadelphi Corridor, which runs along the Gaza-Egypt border, since starting operations in eastern Rafah on May 27. The corridor, which Israel took operational control of on May 29, was a “lifeline” for the Hamas terrorist group, Hagari said. “We are investigating these tunnels and neutralizing them. In parallel, the troops continue to conduct operations. These operations are carried out based on intelligence information regarding specific locations in the area,” he added. Hamas smuggled weapons through the southern border with Egypt, Hagari said. The IDF has also found armed rocket launchers mortars and other terrorist infrastructure. “This infrastructure was located between 10 and 40 meters from the border, specifically so that Israel would not strike near the fence with Egypt,” Hagari noted.

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