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Israel Destroys 'Significant' Cross-Border Terror Tunnel From Gaza Strip

Israel Destroys 'Significant' Cross-Border Terror Tunnel From Gaza Strip

The tunnel destroyed on Sunday ran hundreds of meters into Israeli territory and, though unfinished, was a new project that showed "a significant effort by Hamas", military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Jonathan Conricus told reporters. 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. The system was first used to detect a tunnel that was destroyed October 30, but other aspects of the system were used this time around, he said.

"The enemy will pay the price for breaking the rules of engagement with the resistance in Gaza", Ezzedeen al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, said in a statement.

According to officials familiar with the construction of the barrier, the IDF knows when the bentonite comes into contact with a tunnel because the bentonite drains into it, effectively destroying it. "We hold the Hamas terrorist organization responsible twice".

Conricus said that "to the best of our knowledge" there were no such casualties on Sunday, though he added that the tunnels could be "death traps" for Gaza gunmen. It was located about 1 kilometer from an Israeli community.

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"We have achieved new technological capabilities in the fight against tunnel terror", Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said in a statement after the tunnel's destruction was announced.

The army said the timing of the weekend operation was not connected to a flare-up of deadly violence that followed President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

"Hits have not yet been identified", the army said, meaning that they are unsure if the rockets landed in Israeli territory.

Information for this article was contributed by Fares Akram of The Associated Press.


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