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Secret tunnels cause settlers to live in 'fear'

A secret document which explains how to deal with the residents of settlements adjacent to the Gaza Strip and how to calm fears in the wake of increased discovery of tunnels has been unveiled.

The Arabic news agency Wala yesterday reported that the document indicates that “the increase in discovering tunnels which enter residential areas of nearby settlements is creating an atmosphere of psychological distress, where the threat of detecting a tunnel is turned into a real fear, which will have implications on the long term.”

The source revealed the Israeli Army has recently strengthened the presence of soldiers in settlements near the Gaza Strip.

Two weeks ago, the Israeli army announced the discovery of an underground tunnel used by the resistance near the Ein Hashlosha kibbutz, east of Khan Younis in southern Gaza. The Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas, stressed that the discovery of the tunnel was caused when rainfall caused its collapse and was not an intelligence breakthrough for the occupation.

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