Israeli Military Destroys Cross-Border Gaza Tunnel

Cheryl Sanders
January 14, 2018

The tunnel was reported to be 1.5 km long (about one mile), and going down 80 meters (260 feet), underneath the Kerem Shalom border that crossed into Israel and then flowed into Egypt. Conricus also said that the tunnel could have also been utilized for the goal of transferring terrorists from Gaza to Egypt, from where the targets could have been killed.

The strike came amidst an escalation between Gaza and Israel following U.S. President Donald Trump recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital on December 6 past year. The IDF said in a statement that it was possible the tunnel would have been extended into the direction of Sinai, allowing Gaza terrorists to send men and material to Sinai. To press that point home, there will be a closure of the Kerem Shalom crossing, as a necessary security measure. The escalation of violent attacks has been caused because of Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Conricus said the destroyed tunnel was dug by key operatives of Hamas and was one mile, penetrating 80 metres under the Kerem Shalom border crossing into Israel and into Egypt.

The tunnel, which was constructed in Gaza, began in the city of Rafah and crossed into Israel under the Kerem Shalom Crossing, through which hundreds of trucks ordinarily cross into the coastal enclave each day, he added.

Fishermen from Gaza have often brought in catch from Egyptian territory to sidestep restrictions imposed by Israel's naval blockade of the enclave, which Israel maintains citing security concerns.

Escalation could easily occur, even though both sides have signalled they do not want that to happen.

Israel has now confirmed that it attacked and destroyed the Gaza Channel that stretches into Egypt.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the tunnel was a "major terrorism infrastructure belonging to Hamas in the Gaza Strip". "Hamas must understand that we will not permit these attacks and we will respond with even greater force".

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

Recently, tensions have run high along the border, where Israel continues to build an anti-tunnel wall and where three offensive tunnels were recently unearthed, as well as a recent surge in rocket fire Haaretz said.

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