It is similar to the Desert Storm strikes in Iraq in 1991. 100 days of bombings did little to the tunnels and underground bunkers.
One of those tunnels emerged near Israel’s Kibbutz Nir Am, a lush gated community just a few hundred yards away from the northern tip of the Gaza Strip. Five Hamas gunmen shot dead four Israeli soldiers before they were killed themselves in a battle Monday.
Egypt’s army said Sunday it has destroyed 13 more tunnels connecting the Sinai Peninsula to the Gaza Strip, taking to 1,639 the overall number it has laid waste to.
Hamas, which is the main power in Gaza, reportedly uses the tunnels to smuggle arms, food and money into the blockaded coastal enclave.
Interesting that 1000s of Hamas captured have not coughed up more of these tunnels.
In 2006, Hamas emerged from a tunnel that originated about 500 meters inside Gaza and extended 300 meters into the Israeli side of the security fence, behind the security tower, tank and armored personnel carrier targets of the attack. (above photo)
The attack resulted in two Israeli soldiers killed and one, Cpl. Gilad Shalit, kidnapped and taken into the Rafah area of Gaza. Shalit was later traded for Hamas prisoners.