The IDF on Sunday announced that it had destroyed a large cross-border attack tunnel constructed by the Gaza-ruling Palestinian terror group Hamas.
The terror tunnel stretched 984 feet into southern Israel from the city of Khan Younis in Gaza, and was originally uncovered by the IDF several weeks ago using “unique tools combined with advanced technology, intelligence and operational capabilities,” IDF spokesman Brig. Gen. Ronen Manelis stated.
“[It was] a necessary defensive action to prevent harm to civilians and soldiers,” said Manelis, adding, “It was a quiet neutralization. No one heard it. But the tunnel has been destroyed.”
It was the second terror tunnel discovered by the IDF during the past month. Manelis said that locating two Palestinian terror tunnels in that amount of time could be deemed an “operational success.”
In late October, the IDF destroyed a cross-border attack tunnel built by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terror group. The terrorists killed in the IDF’s explosion of the tunnel included two senior PIJ commanders, Arafat Abu Murshid and his deputy Hassan Abu-Hassanein.