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January 18, 2018 4:03 pm

Israel Puts Terror Tunnel Discovered Under Gaza Border on Display

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An entrance to a cross-border attack tunnel dug from Gaza to Israel. Photo: Reuters / Jack Guez / Pool.

The IDF brought journalists on Thursday to film a two-kilometer (1.25 mile) tunnel dug by terrorists from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip to Israel, saying it was putting the construction on display to show the continuing threat it faces from the territory.

Islamic Jihad has claimed responsibility for building the tunnel, saying its aim was to use it to attack Israel in the next armed confrontation.

Twelve Gaza terrorists, most of them from Islamic Jihad, were killed in the destruction of the tunnel and in rescue efforts when Israel destroyed the underground passage on October 30.

The tunnel, around the height and width of an upright person, was lined with concrete slabs. It was discovered about 120 meters inside Israel near Kissufim, about six meters below ground, as tunnelers burrowed towards the surface looking to build an exit, the Israeli military said.

“The tunnel that we see here is one of three tunnels that have been destroyed over the last two months,” Israeli military spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus said. “The threat has not passed and the terror from Hamas has not passed.”

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