Israel Army Confirms Gaza Attack Destroyed Hamas Cross-border Tunnel

Elias Hubbard
January 14, 2018

The Israeli fighter jets struck the tunnel at the Gaza entrance point.

"The terrorist organization Hamas is responsible for everything happening in and out of the Gaza Strip", an IDF statement said.

"Hamas must understand that we will not permit these attacks and we will respond with even greater force", Netanyahu said in remarks to Israeli media before departing on his trip to India. It would not comment on what exactly was bombed.

"The Hamas terror organisation is accountable for all activity in and from the Gaza Strip", it said.

"This is a blatant violation of Israeli sovereignty, endangering the citizens of Israel and sabotaging the humanitarian efforts that Israel is making for the citizens of Gaza", read a statement by the IDF.

The IDF confirmed on Sunday that it destroyed a terror tunnel stretching from Gaza to Egypt that crossed into Israeli territory directly under the Kerem Shalom border crossing.

United Nations trucks carrying building materials for projects funded by UNRWA arrive in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip after crossing the Israeli Kerem Shalom crossing on December 10, 2013. Every day roughly 500 trucks, carrying goods from the West Bank and Israel, pass through it and into the coastal enclave, Israeli newspaper Haaretz said on its website. In addition, it could have been used as an attack tunnel to carry out a serious terror attack on the border crossing from the Egyptian side.

Once a rare move, this will be the second time Kerem Shalom is punitively closed in under a month, as Israel seeks to force the ruling Hamas terrorist group to return quiet to the Gaza Strip.

Palestinian sources say that a tunnel was the target of the attack and none reported hurt in the attack according local sources in Gaza.

Israel's operation on Saturday was conducted against a backdrop of a number of rocket attacks against Israel, emanating from the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli army said it attacked "underground infrastructure along the border with Egypt".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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