Israel says it has destroyed Hamas attack tunnel from Gaza

Marie Harrington
December 11, 2017

The IDF warning came just one day after rocket fire from Gaza struck southern Israel amid ongoing regional tensions stemming from the United States recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.

Hours after the destruction of the terror tunnel that infiltrated into Israeli territory from the Gaza Strip, the IDF is calling the operation method that it utilized "ground breaking".

Conricus said the tunnel began in the central Gazan town of Khan Younis and stretched for over a kilometer (half a mile) across the border and into Israel.

Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, a military spokesman, told reporters that Israel had used a new set of "tools" developed since a 2014 war with Hamas in order to destroy the tunnel. While the existence of the tunnel was revealed on Sunday it had been discovered earlier, the miltiary said. "And, second, because this is a Hamas terror tunnel".

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Conricus described the tunnel as "very substantial", saying it contained communication systems, air vents, electricity and reinforced concrete structure. A network of Gaza tunnels allowed Hamas gunmen to blindside Israel's superior forces during the 2014 war and the Israelis, with USA help, have since stepped up work on counter-measures.

Officials report this latest tunnel was dug in recent weeks and it was found in the area that does not have the new tunnel barrier in place yet.

The IDF Spokesperson noted that digging the tunnel is a flagrant violation of Israeli sovereignty, an unacceptable situation which was behind the IDF move to neutralize. "I hope that in the coming months the threat of tunnels on the residents surrounding Gaza will become a thing of the past", he said.

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