Hamas tunnel destroyed by Israeli airstrikes

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Military spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus said the 1.5-kilometer (1-mile) long tunnel ran underneath the Kerem Shalom border crossing, Gaza's main point of entry for humanitarian aid.

An attack tunnel that was bombed by Israeli jets on January 13, 2018. There were no casualties.

In photos provided by the Israeli military, the tunnel is made of concrete, resembling others used by Hamas and other Gaza militant groups for attack.


On the Israeli side, the exit of the tunnel was adjacent to the Kerem Shalom crossing, as well as to the crossing's communications center, and a natural gas installation. At the same time, 67 Israeli soldiers and four civilians were killed in Israel during the battles.

Israel has found a defense against the threat of attack tunnels under the Gaza Strip.

"(We) now hold a method, an organized system to destroy terror tunnels dug into Israel", he said in an early morning briefing to reporters. "Hamas needs to understand that these attacks will continue".


Hamas initially said a typical smuggling tunnel was destroyed, but had no immediate response to the Israeli announcement. 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.

The Israel Defense Forces destroyed a Hamas terror tunnel. " "As you saw in the past two months, there is only death in these tunnels".

"One of the Palestinian fishing boats came under direct fire from the Egyptian army late Friday near the Palestinian-Egyptian naval border, leaving a fisherman martyred", the Ministry said.


On Saturday night the IDF announced it would be closing the Kerem Shalom crossing after an assessment of the current security situation, but did not provide further details.

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