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March 23, 2015 5:17 pm

Residents of Israel’s South: We Hear Sounds of Digging Again

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Gaza residents say they hear tunnels being dug underneath their homes. PHOTO: Wikipedia.

Frustrated residents on Israel’s border with Gaza have reported hearing sounds of digging coming from under their houses, Israel’s Channel 2 said on Monday. According to the report, the locals are convinced that Hamas, the terror group that controls the coastal enclave, has returned to its construction of terror tunnels at full pace.

“Today, I sat on the couch in my living room, and felt everything shaking underneath me,” said a resident of one of the Kibbutzim bordering Gaza.

Increasing the frustration of residents is the response from the military. IDF officials who examined the matter rejected the claims made by the residents that Hamas was digging tunnels underneath their homes. Last weekend, IDF officials came to the area and conducted special testing on the ground, which showed no indications that tunnels were being dug into the area, or that anything unusual was occurring.

“I do not know whether to trust what the army says, or if there is even really a tunnel here. There is terrible uncertainty over this,” one resident said.

When the locals requested explanations from the army over the past week, the IDF’s Gaza Division Commander, Brig. Gen. Itay Virob, paid them a visit to discuss the matter. Virob told them that the IDF is doing all it can to protect the security of the residents.

Yet the army’s assurances were insufficient.

“I used to trust the army one hundred percent,” another resident said, “but today I know that if I am not for myself, no one will be for me.” Alluding to Israel’s summer war in Gaza in which dozens of Hamas tunnels were discovered, he added that, “they used to say we were hallucinating,” but, “today we know that’s not true. This is happening and it could hit us at any moment – we won’t be surprised at all.”

There are many among the border towns’ residents who have mentally prepared themselves for a terrorist attack that may occur at any moment via a tunnel. One of the residents said, “I’m already waiting for them to come out of the ground,” adding that, “we’re living here on high adrenaline all the time and we’re always on high alert. We’re afraid of every dog that comes near our bushes, and realize that anything is possible.”

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  • defiantjewess

    Napalm and agent orange pumped into the tunnels , why not, no better time than now- spring cleaning, Passover.

  • glenda urmacher

    I don’t understand why the tunnels weren’t flooded or supplied with live aligators, which would take care of the problem!

    • Joel Garcia

      Or pigs.

  • Reform School

    Fifty years ago, before ready availability of smartphones and personal computers turned large segments of American society into trained dummies, a skilled sound engineer with a simple toolkit could gather common household materials to ‘homebrew’ a seismic probe for insertion into various soils for amplification and analysis of nearly-inaudible sounds. Portable chart recorders were available for sale or rent to archive one’s findings. Rare individuals with the knowhow to turn tree limbs into ‘Divining Rods’ with enough time and quiet could locate many things underfoot, from leaking pipes to burrowing rodents.

    Indoctrination by Leftist professors pursuing ‘Equal Outcome’ (i.e. teaching kids WHAT to think, rather than HOW) over just a few decades has done to ‘American Know-How’ what Hitler did to European Jewry.

    Such ugly reality must inform the Knesset the plague of ‘Political Correctness’ has rendered their American counterparts so dysfunctional they lack the ‘smarts’ to recognize the presence of “enemies foreign and domestic.”

    • You have hit the nail on the head. Political Correctness teaches American Jews–as well as Christians–that terror tunnels are part of the just war to liberate Palestine of the Jews–even as proponents of BDS right here in the U.S. occupy land acquired from the natives their ancestors exterminated. Ask the typical BDSer if he/she knows the names of the native tribes his ancestors dispossessed and his/her response will be: “Say what?”

      Political Correctness also teaches that Arabs in Israel are disfranchised. I can’t comment on that except to say that in last week’s Israeli election the Arab bloc made a very serious showing–coming in third, whereas there has been no election in Gaza since 2006 and in the West Bank since 2012–which Hamas boycotted.

      Bottom line. If I were an Arab who wanted to exercise my right to vote, I’d apply for a visa to Israel if I possibly could.

  • Quiet before the storm and Obama encourages them.

  • Jim Jones

    Locate one tunnel and pressurize it with cooking gas.Light and throw in a match. All the tunnels are connected, this will blow up the entire Hamas underground subway including the
    Hamas head quarters under the Gaza hospital.
    This is what should have been done during “Protective Edge”

  • Per Ardua

    Technology to register underground digging was in use along the front during WW1, and is readily available from the oil industry. Seismic activity on this level is very easy to pinpoint with great accuracy.

  • The Hamas are digging and the Hellzballah are digging – both tunneling into Israel for an attack – that is PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE. My friend had a vision of a tunnel from Jordan into Israel – and that too is public. IDF know a terrorist snuck in from Jordan – and I never read he was caught.

    And Passover is April 4
    and so is the 3rd blood moon in God’s tetrad.

    4 Blood Moons – God’s tetrad
    Something BIG will occur THIS YEAR in Israel.
    Mark Biltz discovered this amazing sign in the skies, Hagee promoted it.
    April 4 is the PASSOVER blood moon eclipse
    The SIGNIFICANCE is as a sign for the land of ISRAEL
    Sept. 28 is the next blood moon for SUKKOT, feast of booths, tabernacles

    The archangel Michael stands guard over your land, said Daniel, the greatest of prophets!

  • Bernard

    If one can hear it and/or feel it then it is easy to trace and destroy. Don’t panic.

  • Mandrake

    What is the sensitivity of the equipment to detect tunnels?
    How do they work?
    How deep the tunnels have to be to scape detection? Those residents can barrow the equipment and put them to use when, according to them, they are sensing sounds of digging?

  • Miriam Goodman

    We live in the South not far from Gaza and we hear our brave and loyal IDF practicing almost on a daily bases..

    My house also vibrates..not from hamas digging, but from our jets and helicopters overhead ..

    We have 100% trust in our IDF….

    Residents in Eshkol have to stop complaining..all they are doing is feeding our enemy.

  • “Mowing the grass” every few years won’t stop the tunneling underneath Israeli homes. Israel must liberate Hamas-occupied Gaza, and takeover security from inside Gaza.

  • Mireille Mechoullam

    The Minister of defense should be more alert and do more than reassuring the residents verbally. Maybe they should send one thousand soldiers to sleep overnight in 1000 homes several consecutive night for a period of time and when residents hear the shaking they should wake up the soldier who is sleeping in their home to feel it too.
    I think this will help reassuring these good people.

    • David Cohen

      Excellent idea.

  • Larry

    If you hear the digging why in G-D’s name don’t you blow the tunnel up before they blow you up.

  • Iris Hotakainen

    Praying for you….I love Israrl.

  • Leo Toystory

    Israeli residents should be expecting THOUSANDS of machine-gun-armed Hamas murderers to stream out of those tunnels in the middle of the night, 2-3 am the most likely time. 10,000 IDF in installations and bunkers ready to fight 24/7 are required.

  • Wm. J. Levy

    Something must be going on and the Arabs are certainly capable of once again surprising the IDF and like the Yom Kippur War surprise nothing should be left to chance.

    Better cautious than sorry.

  • Ephraim

    For the IDF to take the claims lightly is a war crime. They need to dig in a few places, where the earth shaking has occurred. I do not care what the Jew hating world says, the IDF need to, for once, put the interests of their southern citizens ahead of our jihadist-in-chief’s desires.

  • Signe Knapp

    Whack-A-Mole, Whack Hamas, I guess the army will wait til the diggers pop and attack. The dismissive responses(“hallucinations”) of Army personnel is unacceptable.