IDF Tunnel

An Israeli soldier pictured in 2006 at a tunnel uncovered during an Israeli counterterrorism operation designated to thwart weapons-smuggling from Egypt to Gaza.

The Israel Defense Forces identified and destroyed a “long and high-quality” Hamas terror tunnel running from Gaza to approximately 65 feet inside Israeli territory in the Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council area in Israel, according to a report by the IDF on Sunday.

The IDF indicated that the tunnel, which allegedly connects to a larger underground network, was filled with concrete.

The large tunnel marks the eighth discovered and destroyed in just a few months.

Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman tweeted that the tunnel was “the longest and deepest exposed thus far,” and chided Hamas for spending millions of dollars on building the terror tunnel from “money that would have been better served mitigating the plight of residents, but has now sunk into the sand.”

The IDF stated that the tunnel did not contain weaponry, but was equipped for carrying out an imminent terror attack.

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