General: Operation in Gaza ‘A Few Days from Completion’

Maj. Gen. Shlomo Turgeman of the Southern Command notes that the IDF has successfully destroyed tens of terror tunnels.

By Uzi Baruch, Tova Dvorin, INN
7/30/2014, 8:30 PM

Benny Gantz, Southern Commander Sami Turgeman

Benny Gantz, Southern Commander Sami Turgeman
The GOC of the Southern Command, Major General Shlomo Turgeman, gave a detailed update on Operation Protective Edge Wednesday, as Cabinet ministers debate on the future of the operation.

“Fighting against Hamas persists continuously and intensely,” Turgeman stated. “We have killed hundreds of Hamas terrorists, dozens of them in terrorist ‘special forces.'”

“We have attacked hundreds of safe houses and war rooms, destroyed infrastructure, struck a number of senior commanders of terrorist organizations,” he added.

According to Turgeman, the war is progressing well.

“As every day passes, we continue to get closer to achieving our goals – destroying the terror tunnels, both those we knew about and those we are finding in the midst of the operation,” he stated. “These tunnels are tens of meters underground.”

He noted that at least four tunnels had been destroyed in the last 24 hours alone – and that the IDF is gaining ground.

“We are approaching the completion of the mission,” he said, noting that most or all of the tunnels the IDF knew about before launching the operation had been destroyed. “I can promise that we will also destroy all of the tunnels we are finding during the operation.”

“This is a significant operational and engineering challenge,” he said. “Hamlet invested in tunnels what could have built two hospitals, twenty clinics, twenty schools and one hundred kindergartens.”

“We managed to destroy four years of Hamas’s work in two weeks,” he added. “Hamas leaders are now hiding in safe-houses and sensitive areas. Their leaders are hiding in the basements of hospitals.”

Turgeman also spoke, at length, about the expansion of the operation throughout new areas of Gaza.

“Yesterday, we expanded operations throughout central and southern Gaza,” he said. “We are hitting wherever we identify tunnels and where Hamas terrorists operate.”

“We have a defined mission: destroy the tunnels,” he continued. “But wherever there are tunnels, it is inevitable that there will be shooting there too.”

“In every area we have fought, there has not been an instance where we have not overcome the enemy,” he added. “We are within a few days of completing the mission.”

Regarding the attempted infiltration of Hamas terrorists into Jewish communities near Gaza, Turgeman said that “we expect soldiers to work even harder” during these incidents – and that casualties, unfortunately, are part of the war.

“You must remember: this is a war,” he said. “There are incidents that are successful and some that are less successful.”

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  1. @ NormanF:
    @ NormanF:
    It’s not that I’m hard on them, I’m just too depressed reading the news of all the dead soldiers while the rockets continue to fall unabated. Obviously, in spite of the destruction of infrastructure and buildings in Gaza, very few Hamas soldiers have been killed while too many civilian casualties on the palestinian side over a protracted period of time is killing Israel’s image abroad. Israel is the new Nazi Germany and what is there to show “tachless” after 3 weeks of war??? Hamas is pushing the Jews around and getting away with it!!! If Israel agrees to a ceasefire that leaves the current Hamas leadership untouched, it must be the end of Bibi and company, otherwise the future of Israel is bleak.

  2. @ drjb:

    Don’t be hard on them – I’ve been hard on them to the displeasure of Yamit and Avigail – but let’s point out that whatever you think of Netanyahu’s shortcomings, he never lied about taking out Hamas. And on that, he has been as good as his word.

  3. I believe him. The problem is that the mission is not to defeat Hamas. So whatever tunnels they destroy in a few more days, they will announce that they have “accomplished” the mission.
    And they will say it with chutzpah and a smile on the face while the rockets continue to fall on them.
    How depressing!

  4. This is the easy part. The hard part will be to prevent Hamas from rebuilding the tunnels and replenishing its rocket arsenal.