Israeli security forces in recent weeks arrested a Hamas terrorist who was involved in helping build and develop Hamas’ underground terror tunnel network. The 17-year-old operative was a part of the Beit Lahiya Battalion of Hamas’ military wing. He was arrested as part of a joint effort by the Shin Bet, IDF and Israel Police.
The terrorist was arrested in action along the Gaza border fence. Under interrogation, he revealed important details about the recruitment process, training, and details regarding other terror operatives from Hamas’ military wing. He also told interrogators vital information about the Hamas terror tunnel network, including the construction methods, communications system, and the various locations where tunnel construction had taken place.
Besides the tunnels leading into Israel, the terrorist revealed that Hamas is also building a tunnel network under Gaza; that network will enable its terrorists to take cover in the event of an Israeli attack. Many of the tunnels are built with entrances into private homes and are under civilian neighborhoods, the IDF said.
Also Sunday, an 18-year-old Arab terrorist who stabbed an Israeli man last February was sentenced to 18 years in prison on charges of attempted murder. He was also charged with throwing firebombs and stones at Israeli soldiers and civilians on numerous occasions.
Overnight Motzoei Shabbos, security officials said they arrested 11 wanted security suspects in other areas in Yehudah and Shomron. The suspects were wanted for participating in rioting, and for throwing stones and firebombs that endangered Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers. Several of the suspects were also charged with belonging to Hamas. All were being questioned on their activities by security forces.