TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY ADEL ZAANOUN Palestinian militants from the Islamic Jihad's armed wing, the Al-Quds Brigades, squat in a tunnel, used for ferrying rockets and mortars back and forth in preparation for the next conflict with Israel, as they take part in military training in the south of the Gaza Strip on March 3, 2015. Israel's ground invasion during the 50-day war with Palestinian militants in the summer of 2014 was aimed at destroying the hundreds of tunnels Gaza's two main Islamist groups had built, both for smuggling supplies and for attacks inside Israel. AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS        (Photo credit should read MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images)

The Hamas tunnels that go bump in the night

There is a quiet noise in Dalia Levy’s bedroom that grips her heart with terror.

The mother of three, who lives in an Israeli kibbutz a few miles from the Gaza border, wells up with tears as she plays a recording of the creaks and scratches on her mobile. She is convinced it is the sound of Hamas fighters digging tunnels under her home.

  • tom_billesley

    More likely rats getting out of Gaza because they can’t stand the smell any nore,

  • Exile1981

    for under 5k you can get a small well drilling unit. Then drill holes around town. If you hit a void its a tunnel; then just pump in the sewage line from the community and use the tunnel as a septic field.

    • disqusW6sf

      I hope that works.

      • Exile1981

        If you dig a 2″ pipe well every 18″ along the border you will eventually hit a tunnel.

        If your drill pipe drops suddenly it means you’ve found a undeground void. Most likely a tunnel.

        Pull up the drill shaft and drop a hose from a 1.5″ sewage pump down the hole and start pumping..

        Assuming a 200 yard long tunnel -18″ wide by 5 feet tall thats 45,000 gallons of sewage. Thats big enough for a community of 40 to 50.

    • Shebel

      Instead of a Wailing Wall.
      You have Weeping Tile.

    • Clausewitz

      Gasoline and a match would actually work much better. Your average Jihadi is used to living in filth and squalor.

      • Exile1981

        Yes but my idea has the added bonus of using the tunnel for a constructive purpose. Gasoline and a match could be explosive enough to damage the wall it goes under.

        • Clausewitz

          Basically gas only burns on the surface that’s in contact with the air. Big gas explosions happen when the holding vessels break. In a tunnel it would be a long burn, not so much of a big explosion.

          • Exile1981

            unless you only put in a few inches of gas. Then it would vaporize and mix with the air. If the percent correct you end up with a fuel air explosive… which is what I thought you were originally suggesting.

  • Brett_McS

    Apparently it is not easy to detect tunnels that are relatively near to the surface; deeper tunnels show up more clearly. But the Israelis are busy working on it so I don’t expect these tunnels will amount to anything except expensive graves.

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  • Norman_In_New_York

    I do note that some of the tunnels that extended into Israeli territory were sealed off at the border in the last war while the IDF uses the extensions inside Israel for training purposes.

  • Kathy Nelson

    The poor, misunderstood “victims” living in Gaza (there is no such thing as “palestine”) will be out of the tunneling business anyway. They will soon run out of children to use for that kind of slave labor. What few will be left will continue to be used as human shields and cannon fodder. That’s the islamic way.