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IDF Says Most Tunnels Have Been Found

Minister Erdan says Hamas's government should be toppled because 'nothing can be worse' than Hamas.
By Gil Ronen, Kobi Finkler
First Publish: 7/23/2014, 7:54 AM

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IDF in Gaza
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IDF Spokesman, Brig. Gen. Motti Almoz, announced Wednesday morning that the IDF has discovered most of Hamas's attack tunnels into Israel.

"We can point to a solidification of the goals and a deepening of the accomplishments,” he told IDF Radio. “The soldiers are reporting about numerous tunnels that are in our hands, and I can determine that most of the tunnels are in our hands. We are now taking action to neutralize the tunnels and destroy them.”

The Minister of Communications, Gilad Erdan (Likud), who is a member of the Diplomacy and Security Cabinet, called Wednesday for the toppling of Hama's Gaza regime.

"It is gradually coming to light that nothing can be worse than Hamas,” he explained. “Therefore, we should consider the goal of toppling Hama's government and personally causing harm to each of its commanders.”

IDF forces in Gaza continue to advance slowly and carefully toward the achievement of the goals that have been handed down to each of the brigades.

A military source said Wednesday that about 200 targets were attacked in the past 24 hours. About 30 terrorists were killed.

Since the beginning of the operation, 210 terrorists are known to have been killed, and 28 terrorists have been arrested. A total of 28 tunnels have been exposed. Six of these have already been demolished, as have 57 of the shafts that enable access to the tunnels from the ground level.

"The IDF's main effort is concentrated on the tunnel threat, and that takes time,” a senior officer said. “We see that there are constant efforts by the terrorists to target the soldiers near the tunnels.”

Fighting is particularly fierce in northern Gaza. The terrorists have been hard hit in the Shejaiya area, where Hamas had a meaningful concentration of force.

Two IDF officers were killed Tuesday evening in Gaza, apparently by snipers.