Earlier today, the UN Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki Moon, accompanied by senior IDF (Zahal) officers, visited southern Israel. The IDF (Zahal) escorted the UN Secretary-General, to a tunnel shaft located near kibbutz Ein Hashlosha, where he was presented with the IDF (Zahal) the security analysis, lessons learned, and the IDF (Zahal) General Staff Mechanism for Fact-Finding Assessment following Operation Protective Edge.
The Secretary-General was briefed by Commander of the Northern Corps, Major General Noam Tibon, Commander of the Gaza Division Brigadier General Itai Veruv and the Head of the Civilian Coordination Department at COGAT Col. Grisha Ya’akobovich. While visiting the tunnel they reviewed Hamas’ strategic abuse of civilian infrastructure in order to execute attacks against the civilian communities of southern Israel, and discussed the vast efforts on behalf of Hamas in constructing the network of infiltration tunnels.
The officers also discussed the IDF (Zahal) ground force mission, how combat was conducted and the engineering efforts that took place in order to eliminate the tunnel threat.
For more information read our special report: Operation Protective Edge