The IDF captured a Hamas terrorist yesterday who was carrying a booklet in his pocket containing his responsibilities and the areas in which he was to operate. Attached to the booklet was a detailed map of tunnels that he was supposed to use when he was dispatched to carry out attacks in Israeli territory. The tunnels could also be used for him to get around underground and undetected.
The map includes not only tunnel routes, but also the locations of the entrances and the spots from where missiles could be fired, with the exact distances from those locations to different parts of Israel.
The terrorist was one of 179 whom IDF forces have arrested since the beginning of the operation in Gaza. All the terrorists were taken to Israel for questioning in a special facility opened in the south of the country by security forces who speak Arabic. Among them are GSS and Military Intelligence personnel. A significant number of the terrorists provided Israel with valuable intelligence information on a number of subjects, including tunnels.
Israeli army officials blamed government echelons for knowing about the tunnels from information that the IDF and intelligence sources had provided, but did not decide, like the army had asked, to make the tunnel issue a top priority.