For the second time in a month and a half, the IDF uncovered a cross-border terror tunnel near the Gaza border, it was cleared for publication Sunday.
Military Police roadblocks were set up in the Gaza vicinity after the tunnel was discovered several weeks ago. Unlike the tunnel uncovered in October, which was believed to have been excavated by Islamic Jihad terrorists, military officials say the tunnel revealed this time is said to belong to Hamas terror group.
The tunnel was neutralized Saturday night. According to military sources, it was dug in recent months from the Khan Younis area to agricultural lands located more than 1 kilometer away from Israeli communities in the Eshkol Regional Council. The 1-kilometer long tunnel, which is considered highly advanced, stretching a few hundreds of meters into Israeli territory.
The IDF has been following the tunnel’s progress for several weeks now, even before it crossed into Israeli territory, with full intelligence and operational control. On Saturday night, it was decided to neutralize it in a quiet and reserved manner without the explosions or aerial strikes that were used in previous tunnel detonations.
Military officials believe there were no diggers within the tunnel at the time it was neutralized. The tunnel was detected in an area lacking the new anti-tunnel barrier, and the work on the defense system is expected to continue in several points along Gaza.
Army officials further estimate that the Gazan side suspected in recent days that the IDF had gained control of the tunnel. Although there are military posts located near the tunnel’s exit, the IDF stressed Sunday morning that at no point did the tunnel pose a threat to the Gaza vicinity residents.
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