Israel says it destroys Hamas tunnel using new techniques

Kristopher Drake
December 11, 2017

The IDF warning came just one day after rocket fire from Gaza struck southern Israel amid ongoing regional tensions stemming from the USA recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.

The tunnel could have been used to abduct soldiers or carry out a devastating terror attack within an Israel community.

The IDF announced on Sunday, 22 Kislev, another Hamas tunnel originating in Gaza and stretching into southern Israel has been discovered and destroyed.

"We see this as a severe violation of Israeli sovereignty and we hold the Hamas terror organization responsible", said Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus. The last tunnel, which was attributed to the Islamic Jihad, was discovered in October and detonated too, as the military continue operating along the border, always searching for tunnels. The IDF is making clear this evening (Sunday) that it chose to destroy the tunnel without blowing it up in order to reduce any potential reactions from the terrorist organization. Although not complete, he said the tunnel was "very substantial", equipped with electricity, communications equipment and a ventilation system. It is the second terror tunnel neutralized in recent weeks.

"There seems to be a change, a paradigm here in how these terror tunnels will be able to threaten us in the future", he said.

Explosives were not used to destroy the latest tunnel and no deaths were reported.

Israel has made neutralizing the tunnel threat a top priority since that war, when Hamas militants on several occasions made their way into Israel.

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