In the bowels of the Earth: it destroyed the terrorist the tunnels engineering

צילום: דובר צה”ל

Its fighters fought on the front in a cliff “, and now numbers about the miracle that came in and out of the window on the other side, the name given to a tunnel shaft in olive tree roots and run-ins with terrorists.

תאריך: 27/10/2014, 10:45    
מחבר: שחר רופין, אתר צה”ל

From the moment I heard 605 battalion fighters of new Corps on the ground entrance to the Gaza Strip in operation “Cliff”-everything changed. “We arrived at the staging area in the outskirts of סג’עיה and we waited together with Golani Friday night and Saturday
Saturday, as were the first wave, “recalls one of battalion Sergeant warriors Uriel. While waiting, he tried to behave like normal, but the flashes his family kept coming. I thought keeping up appearances people like me–“he severs the line casually, as if I just don’t need to expand.

Many have been told about “Cliff” because he was an engineering operation. The objective of the maneuver, destroying tunnels Hamas terrorist was geometric, who stood at the head of the force are silver. So sound memories of fighting.

In the bowels of the Earth: it destroyed the terrorist the tunnels engineering

“When entering the structure in Gaza, do you expect every moment to see a the corner.”

While his troop Sergeant and parked in Uriel convening on the outskirts of סג’עיה, those 51 battalion of the Golani Brigade. “He talked about the neighborhood, and explained how hard, how crowded and full of terrorists,” he describes. “The first building we went to was two dimensional. We went on fire, “recalled another fighter Regiment, Sergeant Yakir.
“When entering the structure in Gaza, do you expect every moment to see a rope around the corner”. Indeed, when anti-tank room incident where done to the House where the Golani fighters, Sergeant Yakir was just observing him. “After I saw the second rocket goes out of the window on the other side and exploded outside,” he and slows his speech. “Only smoke injured golanch ambitions-miracle”.

During the operation the battalion faced with run-ins, but in one case forced a decision consists in the field while their lives are in danger. “After a certain period of time started a massive fire toward the House, and we decided to Evan. return fire, Deputy platoon commander. “Heavy fire back and fix the terrorists, when suddenly the House out civilians and children. We ceased immediately, but were surprised when shhamas renewed fire after a few seconds. They just took advantage of the civilians to stop our fire, “he added.

In the bowels of the Earth: it destroyed the terrorist the tunnels engineering

Olive wood shaft

Clearing work, mapping and destroying the tunnels was the highlight of combat engineering fighters in operation. “Our battalion commander asked the scour field Herbarium, the actual order of power: to stake out there without fear,” says Lieutenant.
“Clearing time, stuck in cement. I arrived and recognized that a tunnel shaft.

Shortly thereafter, brought the collapse of the tunnel route by mines. “Because your grandfather mineshaft was next to an olive tree’s roots, we the same” olive tree “shaft-caught, despite the irony, and perhaps because of it,” Lieutenant. Also, the pattern of activity, he said, was simple: to appear out of nowhere, shoot a few times and run for his life. To cope with this fighting, it took the warriors to recruit all the alertness and resourcefulness that position.

Translated from Hebrew

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