Tunnel Attacks Have Israel on Edge


Sometime around 5 a.m. Monday, ten men set out quietly on a pre-dawn mission, dressed in Israeli army uniforms and boots.

They were not, however, members of the Israel Defense Forces. They were members of Hamas, the Islamic Resistance Movement, and they had just emerged from one of the many tunnels the militants have dug between the Gaza Strip and Israel. That much, however, was not clear until the Israeli forces nearby noticed that the men who looked like their own were actually carrying Kalashnikovs and not Tavors, Israel’s stand-issue automatic rifles.

In the gunfight that ensued, Israeli soldiers killed 10 Hamas militants, the IDF says, but also lost four of its own when they were hit by an anti-tank rocket fired at them by the gunmen. The dramatic gun battle unfolded only about 650 feet (200 meters) from Kibbutz Nir Am, an agricultural commune founded by immigrants from Eastern…

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