IDF discovers cross-border Hamas terror tunnel that infiltrates Israel from Gaza
BREAKING – Cleared for publication: The IDF discovered a Hamas terror tunnel that crosses into Israeli territory, during the construction of the underground barrier along the Gaza border.
IDF engineering units are operating in the area.
“At this time, IDF soldiers are conducting an investigation of the tunnel. More information will be provided shortly,” the IDF said in a statement.
“We thank IDF soldiers and officers who are determined and courageous in defending our communities,” the Eshkol Regional Council said.
Earlier today, IDF heavy machinery was seen moving towards the border, though Israeli outlets were barred from reporting due to a gag order.
The new underground barrier will extend 65 kilometers (40 miles) around Gaza, from the new sea barrier near Zikim beach in the north to Kerem Shalom crossing in the south. It is intended to prevent Hamas and other Muslim terror groups from using tunnels to invade Israel in order to carry out terror attacks and murder Jews.
The fence has a system of advanced sensor and monitoring devices to detect tunnels. The construction is taking place just a few dozen meters from the Gaza border.