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Thursday, July 31, 2014

3 IDF soldiers killed in booby-trapped terror tunnel beneath...what else?... an UNRWA clinic

Three IDF soldiers were killed today while trying to secure a terror tunnel whose entrance was beneath an UNRWA clinic. The tunnel was booby-trapped.
Three IDF soldiers were killed on Wednesday in Gaza in an explosion at a booby-trapped UNRWA health clinic that housed the opening of a tunnel, the IDF’s Gaza Division commander, Brig. Gen. Micky Edelstein, said. 
The clinic had apparently been abandoned by its UN personnel. UNRWA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The army named the soldiers as Staff Sgt. Matan Gotlib, 21, of Rishon Lezion, Staff Sgt. Omer Chai, 21, of Savion, and Sgt. Guy Algranati, 20, of Tel Aviv.
The three soldiers, members of the elite Maglan unit, were taking precautionary measures in efforts to limit damage to the structure before eliminating the tunnel, when the explosives detonated in the small building.
The soldiers had sent in sniffing dogs and a small robot to minimize damage to the structure, located in Khan Yunis, but explosives rigged to the building detonated, toppling part of the building on top of the soldiers.
Fifteen soldiers were injured. IDF soldiers evacuating the wounded came under fire from Palestinian fighters. All of the fatalities and injured were eventually brought back to Israeli territory.
The deaths brought the toll of IDF soldiers killed since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge to 56.
By allowing its building to be booby-trapped, UNRWA was just following the local custom.
[Edelstein] said Hamas gunmen have used more than a thousand IEDs so far, destroying thousands of buildings in the Gaza Strip.
As an example he noted that in sweeps of a single street of 28 buildings Tuesday night, 19 were found to be booby-trapped.
But the world just doesn't get it. They cannot believe anyone would treat their own people as expendable. But Hamas does. And so does Assad. And so does Nasrallah. And so it goes throughout the Arab-Muslim world. Wake up to reality people! Do we need another 9-11 for you to start getting it?

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At 4:55 AM, Blogger david benjamin said...

Since the UN personal are enablers of terrorism, Israel should expel all of them from Gaza and Israel. The UN should go the way of the League of Nations as a totally useless waste of time and money.


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