On December 10, the Israeli Army announced in an official statement that it discovered and demolished a tunnel under the Israeli territory east of the Gaza Strip. According to the statement, the tunnel was built by the Palestinian Hamas movement and its entrance is located in the central part of Gaza, near the city of Khan Yunis.
The Israeli Army also revealed that it used a new system to detect and demolish the tunnel. The new system was developed thanks to a joint effort between combat, logistics, intelligence, and research units of the Israeli Army, according to the official statement.
This was the second tunnel in a month a half discovered and demolished by the Israeli Army around the Gaza Strip. On October 30, seven fighters and a commander of Hamas were killed when the Israeli Army demolished a tunnel also east of Gaza while they were inside it.
In a short video message, Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus spokesman for the Israeli Army stressed again that Israel will place a responsibility for any attack on its territories on Hamas. The spokesman also said that the Israeli Army will respond to any act of aggression against Israel “in the air, sea, ground or below the ground”.
“We see this as a severe violation of Israeli sovereignty and we hold the Hamas terror organization responsible,” Lt. Col. Conricus said in the video message.
— Jonathan Conricus (@LTCJonathan) December 10, 2017
The discovery of the new tunnel will likely increase the already high tension between Hamas and the Israeli Army around the Gaza Strip.