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
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.
Labels: Gaza, Hamas, human shields, IDF, Operation Protective Edge, terror tunnels, UNRWA