WATCH: IDF uncovers booby-trapped school next to Gaza zoo
Army releases video of operation, says troops identified bomb by fuse surrounding the building.
Israel Defense Forces troops operating in the Gaza Strip this week uncovered a school and an adjacent zoo rigged by Hamas militants with a large amount of explosives.
The school and zoo were entirely surrounded by a fuse connecting to the explosives. Inside the abandoned classrooms, IDF troops found a number of weapons.
Audibly shocked IDF soldiers videotape themselves following the fuse to the explosives, past cages of animals and a room filled with weaponry, and on into the school.
"We are continuing to confront a mad reality of booby-trapped tunnels, booby-trapped schools," IDF spokeswoman Avital Leibovich said. "In one district of 150 houses, more than 30 were booby-trapped. Hamas booby-traps every house that residents leave."
Leibovich said residential neighborhoods in Gaza are riddled with homemade bombs and booby-traps, including mannequins placed at apartment entrances to simulate militants and rigged to explode if soldiers approach.