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Israel's Underground Defense System Tackles Terror Tunnels

Soldiers from the elite reconnaissance unit, Rimon take part in a training exercise inside a tunnel. (Photo: flickr/IDF)

In the summer of 2014, Operation Protective Edge began with the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens, as well as constant terrorist rocket fire from Gaza. Yet the new threat to Israel that appeared was a network of terror tunnels. Now, Israel Hayom reports, Israel has built its own network of defense tunnels along the Gaza border, with the cooperation of the United States:

Under the headline "Israel is Building a Secret Tunnel-Destroying Weapon," Foreign Policy reported last week that "according to intelligence officials, Israeli engineers are working tirelessly to develop what's being called the 'underground Iron Dome' -- a system that could detect and destroy cross-border tunnels."

Israel's solution, says Foreign Policy, is a network of underground tunnels it is digging near the Gaza border, equipped with seismic sensors that can monitor underground vibrations.

Foreign Policy also reported that the Israeli government has spent more than $250 million on the project since 2004, and that the United States has "appropriated $40 million for the project in the 2016 financial year."

The goal, U.S. Defense Department spokesman Christopher Sherwood told Foreign Policy, "is to establish anti-tunnel capabilities to detect, map, and neutralize underground tunnels that threaten the U.S. or Israel..."

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