Israel Destroys Hamas Tunnel from Gaza into Territory

Israel Destroys Hamas Tunnel from Gaza into Territory

Kerry Wise
December 12, 2017

The spokesperson said Hamas positions in the northern Gaza Strip were targetted by tanks in response. Once, because it is responsible for the Gaza Strip, and any act of violence that emanates from the Gaza Strip is under Hamas responsibility.

On Thursday, Israel also targeted Gaza sites with air strikes and tank fire after what a military statement described as "a projectile" was sacked into southern Israel. No injuries were reported on Monday.

During the 2014 Gaza war, Hamas militants launched surprise attacks from tunnels that crossed under Israel's security fence and into Israel. The siren sounded in the Ashkelon region and in areas along the northern border with Gaza.

The tension with Israel in the Gaza Strip has been escalating since U.S. President Donald Trump declared Jerusalem as the capital of Israel last week. A third rocket was shot down by Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system.

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Conricus said the tunnel began in the central Gazan town of Khan Younis and stretched for over a kilometer (half a mile) across the border and into Israel.

"The enemy will pay the price for breaking the rules of engagement with the resistance in Gaza", the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades said in a statement.

After the interception of the second rocket, Israeli tank fire hit a "Hamas military position" in Gaza, army spokesman Jonathan Conricus said.

Hamas last week called for a new intifada against Israel and urged Palestinians to confront soldiers and settlers, allowing thousands of Gazans to confront Israeli troops at the Gaza border fence in recent days.