IDF destroys Gaza terror tunnel being built by Hamas

Saul Bowman
December 11, 2017

The IDF added that it "holds Hamas exclusively responsible for all hostile acts against Israel emanating from Gaza Strip".

A network of Gaza tunnels allowed Hamas gunmen to blindside Israel's superior forces during the 2014 war and the Israelis, with U.S. help, have since stepped up work on counter-measures.

Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus, a military spokesman, told reporters on Sunday that Israel used a new set of "tools" to destroy the tunnel. Although they did not manage to reach civilian areas, the infiltrations caught Israel off guard, killing five soldiers in one attack, and terrified the local population. Although not complete, he said the tunnel was "very substantial", equipped with electricity, communications equipment and a ventilation system.

The Israel Defense Forces discovered and demolished a terror tunnel that crossed into Israel from central Gaza.

This was the second tunnel destroyed using a new system to detect, expose and destroy tunnels in the past six weeks.

The army official has called the construction of the tunnel an infringement upon Israeli sovereignty, for which Hamas "carries a double responsibility". "I hope that in the coming months the threat of tunnels on the residents surrounding Gaza will become a thing of the past", he said.

He also stressed the tunnel had been in the works for some time and was not linked to the recent clashes and protests over last week's declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital by Trump. In the process of that demolition, 10 gunmen from the group and another two from Hamas were killed - deaths that Israeli sources described as an unintended result of the passage's collapse within Gazan turf.

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