Israel says it destroys Hamas tunnel using new techniques

2017-12-10 19:31
Palestinian security forces loyal to Hamas walk near the border with Egypt in the southern Gaza strip town of Rafah with an Egyptian guard tower on the other side of the border appearing in the background. (AFP)

Palestinian security forces loyal to Hamas walk near the border with Egypt in the southern Gaza strip town of Rafah with an Egyptian guard tower on the other side of the border appearing in the background. (AFP)

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Jerusalmen - The Israeli military says it has destroyed a tunnel built by the Hamas militant group that stretched from the Gaza Strip several hundred meters into Israel.

Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus, a military spokesman, told reporters on Sunday that Israel used a new set of "tools" to destroy the tunnel. He said forces had detected the tunnel months ago and continued to monitor construction efforts by Hamas militants before demolishing it.

He said the tunnel was not complete, but was "very substantial," equipped with electricity, communications equipment and a ventilation system. It was located about 1 kilometer from an Israeli community.

Israel has placed a high priority on halting the tunnel threat since Hamas infiltrated Israel during the 2014 war.

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