A mile-long, concrete-lined tunnel complete with an electrical supply and phone lines was discovered and destroyed earlier this week . The Israeli military said the tunnel was detected during a routine patrol and was the third tunnel found in the past year. The tunnel began near Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip and exited in Israel
The tunnel may have been intended for terror attacks on Israeli civilians, or to kidnap Israeli soldiers. In 2006, Hamas militants used a tunnel to sneak into Israel. Two Israeli soldiers were killed and third, Gilad Shalit was kidnapped and heldh ostage in Gaza for five years until he was released in a prisoner exchange.
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A security source said it was the most well-designed terror tunnel found by the IDF to date.
The tunnel was constructed using approximately 24,000 Israeli concrete slabs which the IDF had permitted into Gaza to ease the crisis in the civilian construction sector, Southern Command chief Maj.-Gen. Sami Turgeman said. As a result, Israel has stopped allowing concrete into Gaza as of Sunday morning, he added.
“Last Monday, we exposed a terror tunnel that penetrated Israeli territory, near where the IDF operates and where communities are located,” Turgeman said, speaking near one of the tunnel entrances.
“This is the third tunnel we’ve found this year. It constitutes a gross violation of Israeli territory. If Hamas carries out a terrorism attack, it will pay a heavy prize, and Gaza will look different afterward,” he warned.
“Hamas invested tens of millions of dollars into constructing this. This is a terrorism industry. Instead of investing in schools, or civilian industry and employment, Hamas invests in terror,” Turgeman said.