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Israel creates special military unit to fight Gaza tunnels

Israeli army is preparing for an underground 'war of the future' to be waged against Hamas and Hezbollah, say media reports

Saleh Naami , Thursday 9 Jun 2011
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In this photo taken Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010, a Palestinian smuggler moves refrigerators through a tunnel from Egypt to the Gaza Strip under the border in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip. (Photo: AP)
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Israel's military is training special units to fight in tunnels in Gaza and southern Lebanon, according to the Israeli media.

 
The Yedioth Ahronoth daily reported yesterday that every soldier in these new units is equipped with a 'robot' capable of transmitting high-resolution video images from inside the tunnels, used by the Hamas movement in Gaza to smuggle weapons, food and medicines.   
 
The report said the Israeli army has established a training camp for this unit close to the town of Youkanaam in northern Israel.
 
“The coming war with Hamas and other militant movements will take place underground, so we have to develop our troops' performance in fighting in the tunnels which we consider the war of the future,” said an Israeli military official.
 
The official added that such tunnels have played an important role in every war Israel has fought over the past four years, but the army has so fair failed to do anything about them.
 
The head of the new unit, Major General Eidan, said that the Israeli army is doing everything it can to tackle its 'tunnel problem'.
 
“Fighting tunnels is not only in Gaza with Hamas -- Hezbollah is also using tunnels to fight Israel. We are training out troops to deal with both small and large tunnels that hold tens of Hezbollah and Hamas fighters,” Eidan added.
 
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