Last Sunday, the Israeli military said it demolished a tunnel that was built by the Hamas militant group. The terror attack tunnel stretched from the Gaza Strip through Israel and into Egypt and was 180 meters (590 feet) long.
Israeli jets struck part of the tunnel and other sophisticated “tools” destroyed the rest. The tunnel ran past Israeli military posts as well as gas and fuel pipelines. They could tell a Hamas attack was imminent.
Since the 2014 war in Israel known as “Operation Protective Edge,” Israel has been neutralizing tunnel threats. Israel has destroyed three tunnels over the past two months and is deploying the most advanced technological means to do so.
Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said the tunnel’s construction was a clear violation of Israeli sovereignty and destroying it delivered a stinging blow to one of Hamas’ most significant assets. “The message to Gaza’s leadership and residents is clear – invest in the sanctity of life and not these burial tunnels,” he said.