On August 29, U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon visited southern Israel. He stopped at the Kerem Shalom crossing point to see how goods enter and leave the Gaza Strip, was briefed on and toured a Hamas tunnel that had been discovered by the IDF, and met with local residents from several communities at Kibbutz Or HaNer. At the Kibbutz he toured the Ornit factory. He also visited an Iron Dome battery.