The Hamas Underground Terror Network in Gaza-Truth!

The Hamas Underground Terror Network in GazaTruth!

Summary of eRumor:
Reports from the Middle East that Hamas has built a network of tunnels to infiltrate Israel from Gaza.
The Truth:
A network of high-tech tunnels have been discovered connecting Gaza to Israel that was constructed by Hamas, according to a July 26, 2014, article in the blog of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). The article said that each tunnel cost Hamas $3 million and the construction materials used for just one tunnel could have been used to build 86 homes, 7 mosques, 6 schools or 19 medical clinics. The report said that 30 tunnels had been found, more recent reports by various news agencies have increased the number to 70.

On August 4, 2014, the Jerusalem Post reported that Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu issued a statement “praising the IDF and Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) for neutralizing the terror tunnels from Gaza, but reiterated that there is no guarantee of 100 percent success.”

The first hand account in the forwarded email has not been confirmed but another first hand account, written by an Israeli soldier, was found posted on the IDF blog.
Conservative talk show host Sean Hannity was on assignment in Israel and in an August 4, 2014, Fox News exclusive toured a Hamas tunnel.

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Posted 08/05/14