Hamas deploys donkey strapped with explosives against Israeli soldiers as IDF uncovers cross-border tunnels in Gaza
Israelis soldiers were able to safely blow up the suicide donkey, the IDF said, condemning the tactic. The Palestinian death toll climbed to more than 320 as the Israeli military continued attempts to obliterate Hamas’ arsenal.
Let slip the donkeys of war!
Hamas militants strapped explosives to a donkey and sent it toward Israeli soldiers, the Israeli Defense Forces said Saturday.
“IDF forces operating in the Rafah area spotted an explosives-laden donkey approaching their position. The soldiers opened fire, causing the explosives to detonate,” the army wrote on its website regarding the Friday evening incident in which the animal “suspiciously began to approach.”
No humans were injured in the incident.
The IDF noted that it had obtained intelligence that Hamas intended to use bomb-laden animals as Israeli forces storm Gaza.
This is far from the first time insurgents have used suicide donkeys in the Israel-Palestine conflict – the practice dates back to at least June 1995, the IDF said.
“Sending an animal to its death to serve terrorist purposes may seem shocking, but last night certainly wasn’t the first time Palestinian terrorists adopted this despicable tactic,” the IDF wrote.
Typically, horses are donkeys are used as bomb couriers, but Israeli soldiers have also reported incidents of dogs strapped with explosive belts, according to the IDF.
Meanwhile, Israel said it had neutralized more than a dozen cross-border tunnels that insurgents use to launch attacks – but rockets fired from Gaza continued unabated.
The Israeli military said it had severely diminished the arsenal of Hamas, though the militants staged another unsuccessful cross-border tunnel raid Saturday.