Major Uri, commander of the force that was involved in the incident, politely hinted from his hospital bed at the combat soldiers' frustration at not being allowed to use full force against the enemy in Gaza.
"If it's up to you, hopefully next time you'll give authrization to do things that are more... the more the better,” he said. Yaalon chuckled.
“The tunnels phenomenon worries us,” admitted Yaalon in a statement to reporters. “Hamas sees it as a way to lay the groundwork for attacks against us.”
“We see Hamas as responsible, both as the ruling power in Gaza and as the one digging the tunnels,” he declared.
Terrorists detonated the explosive device as IDF soldiers were working to blow up parts of the terror tunnel that was recently discovered by IDF soldiers, leading from Gaza into an Israeli kibbutz.
Five soldiers were wounded – one seriously, one moderately and three lightly. All five were taken by helicopter to the Soroka Hospital in Be’er Sheva.
The IDF responded by opening fire at terrorists who were in the area and, according to an IDF statement, IAF aircraft also targeted another terrorist tunnel in southern Gaza. Direct hits were identified.