Slide Show: Destroying tunnels used by Palestinian terrorists

In the past few days the IDF (Israel's army) has been destroying tunnels used by Palestinian mass murderers from the Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Arafat's Al-Aksa Brigades.

Israeli soldiers explore a tunnel, found covered in concrete under a home, which was used by Palestinian arms smugglers between Egypt and the Gaza Strip, in Rafah, Gaza, Saturday May 22, 2004.

These tunnels originate in Egypt and go under the border, coming up inside the Palestinian territories in the Gaza strip. The tunnels end up inside residential areas in regular homes and are then used to smuggle arms and bombs. Palestinain terrorists then use these arms to massacre innocent Israeli women and children (see the "Palestinian Terrorism" category for examples).

Israel has learned from the U.S. and has this time allowed "embedded" journalists to join Israeli troups as they find the rat tunnels and destroy them. The BBC, which is typically very anti-Israel, has published a fairly balanced slide-show, showing pictures related to the desctruction of the Palestinian tunnels.

I copt the pictures from the slide-show below. Found this on

In pictures: Searching for Gaza's tunnels
BBC News, 5/24/2004, Link

Introduction: The Israeli Army is attempting to destroy a series of tunnels in southern Gaza that are used for smuggling arms into the strip from Egypt. A photographer accompanied Israeli soldiers on a recent mission into southern Gaza. This is his record for BBC News Online of what he saw.

On the right and bottom of the picture is Egyptian territory. In the background are parts of Rafah city and the refugee camp. The tall buildings on the skyline are in Khan Younis.

Philadelphi Road: The band of land between southern Gaza and Egypt is known as the Philadelphi Road. Under the provisions of the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty of 1978, the road is controlled and patrolled by Israeli forces.

Approaching Rafah: This is the view from an Israeli armoured personnel carrier as it approaches Rafah. The vehicle is carrying a unit of five specialist soldiers who detect tunnels running under the Philadelphi Road and destroy them.

Under fire: Operating in Gaza is extremely dangerous for Israeli troops. They come under fire from Palestinian gunmen, and in the last few days more than 10 soldiers have died when their armoured vehicles were hit by explosive devices. Attacks on armoured vehicles are often so devastating because they are themselves carrying large amounts of explosive used in tunnel demolitions.

Questioning: Intelligence gathering is the main method for locating the tunnels. In some cases soldiers drill down along the Philadelphi Road until they hit a tunnel before they trace it to its source. Here the soldiers are questioning a Palestinian man and woman in Rafah refugee camp about the tunnels. The photographer says the questioning is not aggressive and he saw no violence being used, but the Palestinians are very frightened for themselves and for their home.

House to house: Once outside their vehicle and moving from house to house, the soldiers try to spend as little time outside as possible. Often they will break through walls to make their way from one house to an adjoining one.

Tunnel discovered: Here a well-established tunnel is discovered. The tunnels can be years old. Originally they would probably have been used by organised criminals to smuggle drugs and other contraband, as well as arms. The Palestinians with a tunnel entrance in their home are not necessarily militants or criminals. They may have come under pressure to allow the building of a tunnel. In the current situation, the tunnels are believed to be the main arms supply route for Palestinian militant groups.

Destroying tunnels: Up to one tonne of explosive material can be needed to destroy a tunnel, leaving it entirely unsalvageable. A tunnel can be up to 15 metres underground and run for 250 metres. The soldier in the photograph, Captain Aviv Hakani, was killed on 12 May 2004 when the armoured vehicle he was travelling in was blown up.

Tunnel mechanics: In this picture beside Captain Hakani you can see the blue plastic can used to transport arms and contraband through the tunnel. The can is pulled along using a motor at either end of the tunnel. The wires at the top of the tunnel are for an intercom system used along the tunnel. The black tube is an air pipe.

Resting: An operation to destroy a single tunnel can last 24 hours or more. Here the soldiers are resting in a Palestinian home whose residents have fled.

Bird cages: The tunnel, the home containing the tunnel and surrounding houses will be destroyed. Here the soldiers are releasing birds that have been abandoned by the condemned house's residents.

Bulldozer: The bulldozer has been called in to destroy surrounding houses. A warning that the tunnel is about to be destroyed is given through loud hailers.

Escaping: This picture was taken from inside the Israeli armoured personnel carrier. The explosion that destroyed the tunnel was immensely powerful. It shook the vehicle. Immediately after the explosion, Palestinians from nearby houses who had not heard the loud hailer warning flee the area.

Photographs by Nadav Neuhaus, France Reportage. Text based on an interview with the photographer

Posted by David Melle
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and why destroying surrounding houses again?..

Posted by: just asking at January 1, 2009 01:32 AM

The Israeli army does not destroy surrounding houses from innocent civilians on purpose.

On the other hand, Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad have fired over 10,000 rockets since 2001, specifically targeting Israeli women and children.

Posted by: David Melle at January 1, 2009 11:29 AM

some respect for Palestinian engineering is due. It is no trifle to make tunnels that are up to half a mile long. you need digging machines en laser guidance for horizontal en vertical positioning in the 3D underground environmentnot to mention the rail system to get rid of dug material.Some of the rockets delivered by Iran can be dismantled into 4 pieces, to allow transport through the tunnels.
Jochai Rubinstein

Posted by: at January 7, 2009 11:14 PM

Israel is the land that G-D gave to the Hebrews to work and care for in HIS NAME, now the G-Dless hoards of The International Human Atheism Cartel are planning Her Destruction.
They should know better than to mess with G-Ds people.
G-D Bless Israel.

Posted by: silver_canary at September 26, 2009 08:14 AM

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