The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) is in the process of enlarging an elite combat engineering unit so that it is better-prepared to counter the threat of tunnels constructed by militant groups in the Gaza Strip.

The Engineering Unit for Special Missions, which is known by its Hebrew acronym YAHALOM, played a key role during the IDF ground offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip in July 2014. The IDF said 32 tunnels were found and destroyed during the operation, 14 of which extended into Israel with another two having openings within 500 m of the border.

YAHALOM is now undergoing significant restructuring to incorporate lessons from the operation. […]