Israel 'destroys' tunnel from Gaza that crossed barrier

Elias Hubbard
April 16, 2018

The Israel Defence Forces identified and destroyed a "long and high-quality" Hamas terror tunnel running from Gaza to approximately 65 feet inside Israeli territory in the Sha'ar HaNegev Regional Council area in Israel, according to a report by the IDF on Sunday.

Conricus stated the tube was adjoining to the internet site of recent mass protests, which Israel says Hamas is making use of like a cover for strikes. "Residents of Gaza, Hamas is burning your money on tunnels to nowhere".

Israel had been monitoring construction of the tunnel network for years but made a decision to move in after tunnel diggers began working their way up to the surface, a military spokesman told The Times of Israel. "It extended into Israel and violated Israeli sovereignty".

Army spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus confirmed the destruction of the tunnel, the fifth such tunnel to have been found in the last five months, which the Army said started from Jabalia in northern Gaza and ended near the Israeli community of Nahal Oz, Efe news agency reported.

"The [Israeli Defense Forces] doesn't seek an escalation". "We filled the tunnel with material that renders it useless for a very long period of time", Conricus said.

According to the United Nations, over 3,700 Palestinians have been wounded by Israeli forces during the Friday marches; 969 Palestinians on April 13, another 1,350 people on April 6 and 1,416 people on March 30. Israel and Hamas have fought three wars since 2008. Throughout the most recent battle in 2014, 32 tunnels were destroyed by Israel.

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