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June 28, 2006

Anatomy Of The Palestinian's Tunnel Raid At Karem Shalom

Topics: Middle East News and Perspectives
An Israeli cabinet member has claimed that HAMAS (Islamic Resistance Movement) leader Khalid Mashal ordered the kidnapping, and that Mashal has just become target for assassination. Israel's Vice Premier Shimon Peres says that the directives for the tunnel attack came from Khaled Mashal in Damascus, and that "There sits a man determined to destroy any chance for peace." (Source)

Threats Watch has an informative post on a report by Israel's Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center that provides a detailed description of the attack by Palestinians at Karem Shalom. The attack resulted in two Israeli soldiers killed and one, Cpl. Gilad Shalit, kidnapped and taken into the Rafah area of Gaza.

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Among many other details, we learn in the account that the PRC/Hamas (Izzadin el-Kassam)/Saladdin Brigade/Army of Islam collaborators claimed that the attack was in response to the recent Israeli assassinations of PRC leader Jamal Abu Samhadana and fellow PRC terrorist Abu Yusuf Qoqa. As with most claims by Palestinians, pigs flying would be more credible, since tunnels do not appear in short order response, especially those nearly a full kilometer in length. Other points include:

... It was zero-dark-thirty on Sunday morning when Popular Resistance Committees and Hamas terrorists 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. The tunnel was nearly a full kilometer in length and a major undertaking requiring planning, coordination and time. This is an important aspect that will come into play again

... The head of Israel's Shin Bet intelligence service noted that "11 tons of explosives, more than 3 million bullets, 430 rocket propelled grenades and 10 shoulder-fired missiles" were known to have made their way into Gaza in early June. The tank damaged in the attack was a Merkava, with one of the finest armor protection in the world. Clearly, the missile fired at it was newer technology smuggled into Gaza. Recall the Russian-built AT14 Kornet shoulder fired anti-tank missiles that penetrated the M1-A2 Abrams' armor in Iraq.

... As part of Operation Summer Rain, one important mission is to scour the border area for more tunnels that lead under the security fence and destroy the network of underground attack routes likely constructed during the cease-fire and many surely after the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza.

Read the rest...

Related: Operation Summer Rain: IDF Enters Gaza

Posted by Richard at June 28, 2006 3:12 PM

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