Israel says it destroys Hamas tunnel using new techniques

IDF General Warns Gazans, 'Do Not Test Our Strength'

The discovery was made several weeks ago with the help of advanced technology, the IDF statement said.

During the 2014 Gaza war, Hamas militants launched surprise attacks from tunnels that crossed under Israel's security fence and into Israel.

He said the tunnel was not complete, but was "very substantial", equipped with electricity, communications equipment and a ventilation system. The system was first used to detect a tunnel that was destroyed on October 30, but other aspects of the system were used this time around, he said.

Israel Defense Forces spokesman Jonathan Conricus said the tunnel, which originated in the city of Khan Younis, had penetrated several hundred meters inside Israeli territory, finishing a kilometer away from the nearest village in Israel.

He added intelligence indicated the tunnel belonged to Hamas, the militant organization that controls Gaza, but no Israeli military personnel or civilians were considered at risk and there was no exit point at the time it was destroyed.




Hamas, the armed group that controls Gaza, declined to comment.

It is the second terror tunnel neutralized in recent weeks.

"We hold the Hamas terrorist organization responsible twice (over)". "I hope that in coming months the threat of the tunnels to the residents of the Gaza border area will become a thing of the past", he also said.

Friday evening, two rockets were fired toward Israel from Gaza, the Israeli military said, later confirming that one was intercepted over the southern town of Sderot.

Clashes between Israel and Palestinians, following US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, have begun to peter out. The group threatened to retaliate against Israel for the deaths of its members.

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