Israel Destroys Hamas Cross-border Attack Tunnel Leading Into Israel

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Israel Destroys Hamas Cross-border Attack Tunnel Leading Into Israel
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11 December, 2017

Israel's army announced Sunday it destroyed an incomplete tunnel from Gaza that stretched into Israeli territory.

The tunnel was "a blatant breach of Israel's sovereignty, an unacceptable situation which prompted the IDF's actions", the military said, and its exposure was "an operational success based on advanced technology, a testimony to the IDF's upgraded abilities".

Explosives were not used to destroy the latest tunnel and no deaths were reported.

The tunnel was identified several weeks ago with a unique method combining technology, intelligence and operational capability developed by the IDF.

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Islamist terrorist group Hamas had said Trump's move - which has been hailed by Israel but slammed across the Arab and Islamic world - had "opened the gates of hell". The tunnel destroyed on Sunday ran hundreds of metres into Israeli territory and, though unfinished, was a new project that showed "a significant effort by Hamas", military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Jonathan Conricus told reporters.

The IDF said the tunnel did not yet have an exit inside Israel, so it did not yet represent a threat to nearby communities, however Hamas could have made the tunnel ready for a terrorist attack within a relatively short period. Once, because it is responsible for the Gaza Strip, and any act of violence that emanates from the Gaza Strip is under Hamas responsibility.

The IDF used explosives to destroy another tunnel from Gaza on October 30, killing at least seven Palestinians. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, speaking in Paris, described the new system as a "tremendous technological innovation".


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