Gaza fisherman shot dead by Egyptian army: Palestinians
15 January, 2018, 00:24
"The Hamas terror organization is accountable for all activity in and from the Gaza Strip", it said.
The tunnel penetrated 180 meters into Israel territory, passing underneath Kerem Shalom, the only commercial crossing between Gaza and Israel which serves as the conduit for gas and diesel pipelines and antennas.
He didn't specify which tools were used, but in the past Israel has said its new system involves combat units, military intelligence, logistics and research to destroy the tunnels.
Hadashot's military and security correspondent, Roni Daniel, said that the terror group viewed the crossing as part of "normal" life, and it would prefer its citizens to suffer than for them to have some kind of normal existence. In 2007, when the terror group seized control of Gaza, it burned down the industrial area near the Erez crossing into Israel.
Egyptian officials had no immediate comment on the incident which happened late on Friday after dark near the southern border-town Rafah, according to Gaza Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra. Israel announced before the airstrike that it was temporarily closing the nearby Kerem Shalom crossing, which is the main entry point...
The IDF Spokesman's Office points out that in 2017, hundreds of trucks passed into Gaza via Kerem Shalom nearly daily, bringing a total of 570,000 tons of food, 7,044 tons of medical equipment, 10,000 tons of electrical equipment, 15,000 tons of textiles and equipment, 3.3 million tons of building materials and 12000 tons of farming/agriculture equipment.
This is the third tunnel the IDF says it has destroyed in two months.
Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said the tunnel represented a "blatant violation of Israeli sovereignty. Since its discovery the tunnel was monitored up until its destruction", the statement read.
Speaking in Arabic to US-based satellite TV station Alhurra, Maj. Unique about this tunnel, the IDF said, is that "it clearly was not a tunnel for smuggling merchandise, but specifically made for attacks".
Over the past year, the military has been building an underground barrier around the Gaza Strip to prevent other tunnels from being built from Gaza to Israel. The reports of the attack were then confirmed by the Israeli army as well.
Fourteen of the Palestinians have been killed in clashes with Israeli troops, while two have died as a result of Israeli air strikes in response to rocket fire from Gaza. We are responding to aggression against the State of Israel and are taking vigorous and systematic action against hostile infrastructures.
"We have not encountered a tunnel like this before", said Brig.
The tunnel's design was out of the ordinary, not matching the size of some larger tunnels and lacking the domed roof of smaller attack tunnels.
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