World Israel destroys 'longest' Gaza tunnel

15:10  15 april  2018
15:10  15 april  2018 Source:   bbc.com

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The Israeli military said Sunday it destroyed a mile- long tunnel that stretched from Gaza under Israel and into Egypt.

This marks the fourth Gaza tunnel Israel has destroyed since late-October. The third tunnel , destroyed in mid-January, was a mile- long tunnel dug under Israel that stretched from Gaza to Egypt.

Gaza tunnel: The tunnel had been under observation for some time, Israel said © Israel military The tunnel had been under observation for some time, Israel said The Israeli military has disabled a major tunnel dug by militants which reached into Israel from the Gaza Strip, officials say.

Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said it was the longest and deepest tunnel of its kind Israel had discovered.

A military spokesman said it had been dug since the 2014 Gaza war, when Israel destroyed more than 30 tunnels which it said were meant for attacks.

Israel is using sophisticated measures to thwart tunnels dug by militants.

Military spokesman Lt Col Jonathan Conricus said the tunnel had been dug by Hamas and began in the area of Jabaliya in the northern Gaza Strip. He said it penetrated several metres into Israel in the direction of Nahal Oz, but did not yet have an exit.

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Since then, Israel has released videos of its soldiers destroying tunnels . "There is a world of weapons tunnels penetrating into Israel , creating the For as long as they worked in the smuggling tunnels beneath the Gaza Strip, Samir and his brother Yussef suspected they might one day die in them.

The Israel Defense Forces this weekend destroyed an attack tunnel coming from the southern Gaza Strip that entered Israeli territory, the army announced on Sunday. The military said the kilometer- long tunnel was constructed by the Hamas terrorist group.

The tunnel stretched "several kilometres" into Gaza and connected with other tunnels from which attacks could be launched, he said.

Israel disabled the tunnel over the weekend, according to the military. "We filled the tunnel with material that renders it useless for a very long period of time," Mr Conricus said.

It was the fifth Gaza tunnel to be destroyed by the Israeli military in recent months, Mr Conricus said.

Some of the tunnels have been built by Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad and others by Hamas, the Islamist group which controls Gaza.

Since last year, Israel has been using special equipment to detect the presence of tunnels, and is building a hi-tech barrier above and below ground along its border with Gaza to prevent new tunnels being dug.

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