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2014 Gaza Conflict Gaza Hamas Israel Israel Defense Forces

Destroyed 32 tunnels worth $100 million

5 Aug, 2014

The Israel Defense Forces calculates it has destroyed 32 cross-border tunnels in the 29 days of Operation Protective Edge prior to the ceasefire. It says 14 of them crossed into Israel and two had shafts located 300-500 meters from Israel, while 11 of the 64 IDF soldiers who died in the conflict were killed by Hamas gunmen emerging from the tunnels into southern Israel. IDF Lt. Col. Peter Lerner:

They were part of a strategic plan of Hamas, and an investment of approximately $100 million worth of materials, and we have now removed that threat