Infrastructure destroyed by IAF last night was terror tunnel, IDF confirms

An attack tunnel that was bombed by Israeli jets

Israeli authorities said the tunnel extended nearly 600 feet into Israeli territory and was built exclusively with the aim of executing terror attacks against Israelis. The crossing has been closed until further notice.

It is reported fighter planes were operating in the area of the Kerem Crossing from Israel to Gaza.

"It was a terror tunnel created to strike strategic Israel assets", he said.

Sunday's operation marked the third such tunnel Israel has destroyed over the past two months.

A Hamas attack tunnel destroyed by the IDF on Saturday was built for a planned attack on the border crossing, where most of the humanitarian aid, food and fuel enter the Gaza Strip, Hadashot news reported Sunday.

Hamas initially said a typical smuggling tunnel was destroyed, but had no immediate response to the Israeli announcement.

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"There are those who have said the IDF just targeted sand dunes - this is incorrect", Netanyahu said in remarks to Israeli media before departing on his trip to India. "Hamas needs to understand that these attacks will continue".

A statement released by Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said the destruction of the attack tunnels is an essential component of the policy of systematically harming Hamas' strategic capabilities.

"We have not encountered a tunnel like this before", said Brig. "The message to Gaza's leadership is clear, invest in the sanctity of life and not in digging your own catacombs".

"We have not encountered a tunnel like this one before", said IDF Spokesperson Brigadier General Ronen Manlis.

In photos provided by the Israeli military, the tunnel is made of concrete, resembling others used by Hamas and other Gaza militant groups for attack.

According to IDF figures, in 2017, over half a million tons of food entered the Strip through Kerem Shalom, along with 3.3 million tons of construction equipment and 12,000 tons of agricultural equipment.

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