Months of counter-tunnel operations have not eliminated the threat of Hamas from underground, and the IDF is planning for the possibility of a multi-tunnel offensive, Arutz Sheva reported on Sunday.
The scenario currently under study is a multi-pronged “surprise attack by maybe a 100 armed terrorists emerging from several terror tunnels simultaneously,” said a military source.
“We are preparing for this all the time and putting our greatest efforts into it,” he added.
The source said that Hamas can field the equivalent of three regiments facing Israel in Gaza; one in the northern part of the coastal strip, another in the central refugee camps and the third in Rafiah (Rafah), on the Egyptian border.
“These regiments are organized and operate as military organizations,” he said. “They have a methodology of war, they have a well-organized control and command structure and they are preparing all the time for a surprise attack like the one in Operation Protective Edge, only bigger.”
However, it will be some time, he said, before Hamas will be ready to launch such an attack.