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Israel’s Elbit Systems Creates System to Detect Terror Tunnels

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A Hamas terror tunnel uncovered on July 18, 2014, in the Gaza Strip. Elbit Systems developed a system that detects terror tunnels running under the Israel-Gaza border. Photo: Israel Defense Forces. – An Israel-based international defense electronics firm announced that it has created a system to detect terror tunnels that run under the Israel-Gaza border.

Elbit Systems developed the new tunnel-detection system together with the Israeli Defense Ministry and other partners in Israel. The system includes a series of sensors that receive information. This information is then analyzed through a control system of algorithms, which allows for identifying the construction of tunnels and their locations.

The system is already operational along parts of the Israel-Gaza border, but its wider implementation is awaiting security and budgetary approval.

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“The tunnel threat for us is a threat on the community’s morale. Because of the nature of its danger, the surprise factor and the inability to defend oneself, it truly constitutes a personal threat,” said Amit Caspi from Kibbutz Kerem Shalom, which was directly threatened by Hamas tunnels during Israel’s war with the Palestinian terrorist group last summer.

“I have no doubt that this will improve the morale and lives of all the residents of the Gaza border community. I hope it will help to save lives and of course to improve our day-to-day routine here,” he added, Yedioth Ahronoth reported.

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