Israel Targets "Terror Infrastructure" In Gaza: Army


The Israeli forces have conducted an airstrike hitting a target in the southern Gaza Strip, the army's press service said Sunday.

Conricus said the tunnel destroyed Saturday was dug by key operatives of Hamas and was 1.5 km long, penetrating 180 km under the Kerem Shalom border crossing into Israel and into Egypt.

Similar clashes took place in 17 different locations within the West Bank, the IDF said, while also continuing efforts to catch the perpetrators of a terrorist attack which killed Rabbi Raziel Shevach on a West Bank road last Tuesday.

During the last Gaza war, in 2014, Hamas fighters used dozens of tunnels to blindside Israel's superior forces and threaten civilian communities near the frontier.

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Abdullah Zeidan, 32, was shot and critically wounded by the Egyptian soldiers as he was fishing near the southern border town of Rafah between Egypt and the Gaza Strip, the Health Ministry said in a statement.

In a statement, the Israel occupation Forces said that it views Hamas as responsible for what happens in Gaza.

"Hamas must understand that we will not permit these attacks and we will respond with even greater force", Netanyahu said in remarks to Israeli media before departing on his trip to India.

Meanwhile, Israeli Ynet News has reported that Israel has also decided not to open Karam Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) crossing, Sunday, following an assessment by the army, and added that the military did not provide any details for the reason behind the move.

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The Israeli army said it attacked "underground infrastructure along the border with Egypt".

Media asked if the tunnel could have functioned as both a smuggling and attack tunnel, the army spokesperson responded, "It could have, but we deal with the infrastructure".

The target struck was a tunnel that passed below the Kerem Shalom crossing.

The military said that it does not intend to bring about an escalation of the situation, but will continue to act against any violation of Israeli sovereignty.

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