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Israel Arrests Hamas Tunnel Expert

IDF soldiers find terror tunnel (Photo: flickr/IDF)

This morning, Stand for Israel reported that the IDF has found a second terror tunnel leading into Israeli territory. The Times of Israel tells us that these discoveries were made possible because of the arrest of a Hamas tunnel expert:

Israeli authorities arrested a Hamas member last month who provided a trove of information about the Gaza-based terror group’s tunnel activities, the Shin Bet security agency revealed on Thursday.

Mahmoud Atawnah, 29, from the city of Jabalia in the Palestinian enclave, was arrested at the beginning of April after crossing the border fence into Israel armed with two knives, the Shin Bet said in a statement, adding that he disclosed during interrogation that he intended to kill the first Israeli — soldier or civilian — he encountered.

As a member of Hamas’s armed wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, Atawnah provided the Shin Bet with information on tunnel routes in northern Gaza, the group’s use of private homes and institutions to hide tunnel entries and transfer weapons, and details about the materials Hamas uses in excavations.

The security agency further said Atawneh described a sophisticated network of tunnels which includes break rooms, showers and dining tables, and divulged a number of names of Hamas members who fought alongside him in the northern branch of the eastern brigade in Hamas’s armed wing.

Atawneh also housed a large stash of weapons in his home in Jabalia, in particular IEDs, rifles and suicide belts meant for distribution ahead of an operation.

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