Israel says it destroyed Gaza attack tunnel under Israel, Egypt borders

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The Israeli military said Sunday it had destroyed a cross-border tunnel that ran from Gaza into Israel and Egypt, dug by Hamas, the group that controls Gaza.

The tunnel stretched a total length of around a kilometre and a half, he said.

Such tunnels have been used to carry out attacks in the past.

United Nations trucks carrying building materials for projects funded by UNRWA arrive in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip after crossing the Israeli Kerem Shalom crossing on December 10, 2013. It was completely destroyed by the strike.

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Palestinian media reports said that the target was a cross-border smuggling tunnel operated by Hamas.

"The thwarting of the terrorist tunnel, the third in Israeli territory in recent weeks, is more proof of the IDF's advanced operational, intelligence and technological capabilities", read a statement by the IDF Spokesperson's Unit.

The tunnel began east of the city of Rafah in the Gaza Strip, crossed into Israel some 180 metres, then continued into Egypt for an unspecified length, with no exit point detected, he said.

"The Hamas terrorist organization is responsible for everything happening in and out of the Gaza Strip", the press release added. "Hamas must understand that we will not allow these attacks to continue and that we will respond with even greater force", he told reporters before boarding a flight to India.

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Israel has been constructing a sensor-equipped underground wall along the 60-km (36-mile) Gaza border, aiming to complete the $1.1 billion project by mid-2019.

Conricus said as the tunnel entered Egyptian territory; the army was in contact with Cairo about its destruction but would not elaborate on the extent of the cooperation. The Erez Crossing reopened a day later, and Kerem Shalom was reopened on December 17.

In early January Israel struck what is referred to as "central terror infrastructure" in the southern Gaza Strip following three mortar shells which were fired towards Israel.

According to the IDF, rioters in four different locations along the Israel-Gaza border burnt tires and hurled rocks at Israeli security forces.

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