Israeli soldiers Tuesday destroyed a 100-meter (328 feet)-long tunnel in Hevron that the Palestinian Authority (PA) discovered in intensified attempts to stifle growing strength by the rival Hamas terrorist organization.
The PA discovered the tunnel underneath a Hevron shop and notified the IDF. No explosives or weapons were found, but the IDF is investigating whether terrorists intended to use the tunnel to carry out attacks, possibly against the Jewish community in Hevron.
The two other Arabs were wounded but managed to flee and may be part of the same terrorist cell that attacked the community with firebombs earlier this week. Arabs sources complained that the IDF reaction was extreme and unjustified in light of cooperation between PA security forces and the IDF.
During the Sukkot holiday earlier in the day, soldiers at a checkpoint stopped two other terrorists who tried to smuggle explosives and five pipe bombs into pre-1967 Israel.