IDF Officer Warns of More Gaza Terror Tunnels Snaking into Israel

FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 30, 2013 file photo, a Palestinian worker rests inside a smuggling tunnel in Rafah, on the border between Egypt and the southern Gaza Strip. Renewed Israel-Hamas fighting after the collapse of truce talks in Cairo on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 highlights the steep obstacles …
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The Times of Israel reports: Just days after the Israeli army destroyed an attack tunnel leading from the southern Gaza Strip into Israel, a senior army officer told residents of a kibbutz near the border that it likely wasn’t the last such passage.

During a visit to Kibbutz Nirim, Colonel Kobi Heller, the commander of the Israel Defense Force’s Southern (Gaza) Brigade, tried to reassure his audience by saying that the tunnel, blown up over the weekend, did not pose a threat.

But he added,”There are probably more tunnels that we will find and destroy,” according to recordings of his remarks that surfaced on Thursday. Addressing rising tensions amid a sharp increase in the number of rockets being fired from Gaza, and prompting retaliatory Israeli airstrikes, Heller said, “The dynamic there at the moment is like a snowball we’re trying to stop.”

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