Israel says it demolishes tunnel from Gaza into Israel

Israel says it demolishes tunnel from Gaza into Israel

Israel says it demolishes tunnel from Gaza into Israel

An Israeli military jeep drives near the area where the Israeli forces said a "significant" cross-border attack tunnel from the Gaza Strip, which was being dug by the enclave's dominant Islamist group, Hamas, was destroyed, near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip December 10, 2017.

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

In October, more than a dozen militants were killed when Israel's army destroyed another tunnel leading from Gaza into Israel. "The IDF (Israel Defence Forces) will continue to discover, expose and demolish these terror tunnels", he said.

He said the tunnel was not complete, but was "very substantial", equipped with electricity, communications equipment and a ventilation system.

A previously unknown Salafist group calling itself the Salahedin Brigades claimed responsibility for one of the rocket attacks, but Israel holds Hamas responsible for all attacks against the Jewish state emanating from Gaza.

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.

This is the second such tunnel from Gaza destroyed using the new Israeli system in six weeks.

"We see this as a severe violation of Israeli sovereignty", Conricus told journalists in a phone call on Sunday. It is the second tunnel discovered within a month.

As well as tunnels under the border with Israel, there are also tunnels that run underneath Gaza's border with Egypt, which are used to smuggle in food and other supplies, as well as weapons.

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

Locating terror tunnels is part of an extensive effort of the IDF since the 2014 Gaza War, to locate underground infrastructure.

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