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IDF thwarts cross-border tunnel with new tech

30 October 2017

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) destroyed a tunnel dug from the Gaza Strip into Israel after detecting it with “ground breaking technology”, a military spokesperson said on 30 October.

IDF spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus said Southern Command detected the ‘active’ tunnel in Khan Younis and destroyed it on the Israeli side of the border fence.

He did not say how the tunnel was detected or destroyed, but the IDF has announced that it has developed new ways of detecting tunnels since they emerged as a significant threat during the war with the Gaza-based group Hamas in July–August 2014.

These include the construction of an underground wall with electronic sensors to detect digging, but Lt Col Conricus said the technology used to find the latest tunnel “has not been used before”.

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