Monday, April 23rd | 8 Iyyar 5778

Close

Be in the know!

Get our exclusive daily news briefing.

Subscribe
March 18, 2018 12:31 pm

Israel Says Foiled Hamas Bid to Rebuild Gaza Tunnel

avatar by Reuters and Algemeiner Staff

Email a copy of "Israel Says Foiled Hamas Bid to Rebuild Gaza Tunnel" to a friend

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

Israeli forces on Sunday knocked out a tunnel in the Gaza Strip dug by Hamas militants to mount cross-border attacks, the military said.

The tunnel had been cut off during the 2014 Gaza war and Hamas had tried to put it back into operation, a military spokesman said. It had been dug inside the Hamas-ruled enclave several hundred meters away from Israel’s border fence.

The Israeli forces did not cross the border to render the tunnel inoperable but used a new technique, Lieutenant-Colonel Jonathan Conricus told reporters.

“We did not use explosives. It (the tunnel) was filled with a certain material, with a certain compound,” Conricus said.

Related coverage

April 23, 2018 10:09 am
0

Israel Accounts for 7 Percent of All Cybersecurity Deals Worldwide

JNS.org - Israel, the country with the world’s 100th-largest population, signed the second-largest number of cybersecurity deals internationally, according to a...

A spokesman for Hamas, the dominant Palestinian group in the Gaza Strip and Israel’s arch foe, said the military was “marketing fake achievements” to boost the morale of soldiers and Israelis living near the enclave.

Israel withdrew its troops and settlers from Gaza in 2005 but still maintains tight control of its land and sea borders. Also citing security concerns, Egypt keeps its border with Gaza largely closed.

During the 2014 war, Hamas fighters used dozens of tunnels to blindside Israel’s superior forces. Since then, Israel has been working on advanced counter-measures including a sensor-equipped underground wall along the 60-km (36-mile) Gaza border, a $1.1 billion project it aims to complete by mid-2019.

“On the basis of quality intelligence and groundbreaking technology, Israel is destroying Hamas tunnels one-by-one,” Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said in a statement.

Israel last went public with an operation against a Gaza tunnel in the area in January, saying that the secret passage had also run through neighboring Egypt.

Share this Story: Share On Facebook Share On Twitter Email This Article

Let your voice be heard!

Join the Algemeiner

Algemeiner.com