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IDF discovers Gaza tunnel planned for use in terror attack

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    Last Update: 02/09/2004 10:30 IDF discovers Gaza tunnel planned for use in terror attack http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/472641.html By Amos Harel, Haaretz
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 2, 2004
      Last Update: 02/09/2004 10:30

      IDF discovers Gaza tunnel planned for use in terror attack
      http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/472641.html
      By Amos Harel, Haaretz Correspondent, and Haaretz Service



      Israel Defense Forces soldiers discovered a tunnel north of the Gaza Strip
      settlement of Kfar Darom on Thursday, which Palestinians were apparently
      planning to use to carry out a terror attack in the area.

      The tunnel, which was more than 10 meters deep, could have been used to
      hide weapons as well as terrorists planning to infiltrate the settlement to
      carry out attacks. Troops found the tunnel beneath a house in Dir al-Balah,
      some 500 meters from Kfar Darom.

      The Palestinians may have been planning to carry out the planned attack
      while the settlement was being evacuated under the disengagement plan, IDF
      Colonel Eyal Zamir, who commanded the troops who discovered the tunnel,
      said Thursday. Speaking to Army Radio, he said that the amount of attacks
      in Gaza was increasing as the planned disengagement approaches.

      Hamas activists used a similar method for an attack in June, when they blew
      up the IDF's Orhan base at the Gush Katif junction in Gaza by digging a
      tunnel under it and detonating explosives packed inside.

      2 soldiers, 5 Palestinians hurt in Gaza demolitions
      Two IDF soldiers and five Palestinians were wounded early Thursday during
      an overnight operation in which troops blew up two five-story apartment
      buildings in the southern Gaza refugee camp of Khan Yunis.

      The soldiers were lightly wounded, and the condition of the Palestinians
      was not known. The troops withdrew by daybreak.

      Palestinian gunmen used the abandoned buildings for cover when they fired
      at Gaza settlements, the IDF said. The army also said that soldiers
      evacuated 6,000 residents of eight multiple-story apartment buildings
      nearby to ensure that they wouldn't be hurt when troops blew up the
      targeted buildings. The buildings overlook the neighboring settlement of
      Neveh Dekalim.

      The demolitions rendered dozens of Palestinians homeless.
      Colonel Yehoshua Rinski, commander of the operation, said the raid was
      aimed at stopping area militants from firing mortar bombs at nearby
      settlements. Hours earlier, gunmen fired three bombs at Neve Dekalim, a
      frequent target of such attacks.

      Ten Israeli civilians and soldiers were wounded in dozens of attacks from
      the destroyed buildings in recent days, the IDF said.

      "The situation that the Palestinians use urban places where their civilians
      live and shoot towards our settlements cannot be tolerated," Rinski said.
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