The IDF has begun training company and battalion commanders to use specialised techniques for uncovering and destroying tunnels dug by the militants in the Gaza Strip.

The army said the new training, which also covers improvised explosive devices and fighting in complex environments, comes as part of lessons learned from the IDF’s 50-day Operation ‘Protective Edge’ against militants in the Gaza Strip in July-August 2014.

The operation included a two-week ground offensive to locate and destroy cross-border tunnels inside the Palestinian territory, during which Israeli soldiers were engaged in intense combat with militants armed with large numbers of anti-tank guided missiles and mortars. […]