News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (July 2 – 8, 2014)

[1]In addition to stockpiling rockets and mortar shells for attacks on Israel, Hamas has created a network of underground tunnels throughout the Gaza Strip for terrorist purposes. One such tunnel was used for the abduction of Gilad Shalit. There has been a growing awareness in Israel of the existence of the tunnels since Operation Pillar of Defense (November 2012). In 2013 three terrorist tunnels were discovered near the border security fence. Another one, which had been dug into Israeli territory, was discovered in the southern Gaza Strip in 2014. An Israeli intelligence officer serving near the border with the Gaza Strip said the tunnels were a "strategic weapon" for Hamas. They were constructed to be used for abducting Israeli civilians and/or soldiers, infiltrating into Israeli communities near the Gaza Strip and killing Israelis (IDF Spokesman, July 8, 2014).
[2]As of July 8, 2014. The statistics do not include mortar shell fire and rocket hits inside the Gaza Strip.
[3]The statistics do not include mortar shell fire.
[4]http://www.pmo.gov.il/English/MediaCenter/Spokesman/Pages/spokesAbuHdir070714.aspx
[5]The total number does not include the dozens of incidents of rocks and stones thrown in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem.

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