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New Red Alert for Terror Tunnels

Tunnel training exercises by the IDF Rimon (‘Pomegranate’) unit. Part of the Givati Brigade, the elite reconnaissance unit is shown training to search out and destroy smuggling tunnels that are used to transport arms and terrorists into Gaza, as well as a terror facility to enable terrorists to infiltrate into Israel.

IDF soldier with weapon aiming down a tunnel (Photo: IDF/ASHERNET)

For Israelis - especially those who live near the Gaza border - red alert sirens are lifesavers when terrorist rockets begin to fall. Now, Yediot Achronot's Matan Tzuri reports, alarms will inform residents of impending terror tunnel attacks, as well:

Israel is taking an additional precautionary step against Hamas tunnels which is intended to draw the attention of southern residents surrounding the Gaza region to incidents of Hamas tunnel digging.

From now on, a red alert will be sounded not only when rockets are launched but also when information is received about the digging into Israeli territory from tunnels.

The alarm will sound identical to that when rockets are falling into Israeli territory. However, in order to distinguish between rocket warnings and tunnel digging, the southern residents will receive, in addition to the alarm, an SMS message instructing, “Due to terrorist digging, residents are requested to go into their homes and switch off the lights until further notice.”

Additionally, security coordinators will sound warning messages on the public address system about the tunnel penetration.

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