The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) is prioritising tunnel warfare training as part of the lessons learned during the 50-day conflict with Hamas and Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip in July and August.
The IDF Ground Forces have begun building a number of training centres that are designed to simulate subterranean warfare, as well as close-quarter combat in built-up areas.
During the two-week ground operation in July, IDF units moved into the Gaza Strip and destroyed 32 offensive tunnels, some of which crossed the border into Israeli territory so that militants could be infiltrated behind IDF lines to carry out attacks. A number of Hamas cells succeeded in entering Israel and killing IDF soldiers, although others were detected and attacked as they emerged from tunnels. […]