IDF destroys terror tunnel penetrating Egypt and Israeli border crossing

It has recently boasted of secret technology allowing it to locate and destroy them.

Israel blamed Hamas for building the tunnel and says it holds the Islamist group responsible for all actions emanating from Gaza.

The announcement stressed that the tunnel constituted a blatant violation of Israeli sovereignty, endangering the citizens of Israel and sabotaging the humanitarian efforts that Israel is making for the citizens of Gaza.

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The army said it was unaware of any injuries or deaths resulting from the incident. Gen. Ronen Manelis, a spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces. It stretched some 900 yards inside the Gaza Strip, 180 yards in Israeli territory, and several hundred yards in Egyptian territory. The attack was carried out on Saturday, when the Israeli jets bombed an area that was situated at the east of the southern town of Rafah, and it was witnessed by various residents of Gaza. Most tunnels that run from Gaza to Egypt are used to smuggle goods into the economically starved territory.

He didn't specify which tools were used, but in the past Israel has said its new system involves combat units, military intelligence, logistics and research to destroy the tunnels. Unique about this tunnel, the IDF said, is that "it clearly was not a tunnel for smuggling merchandise, but specifically made for attacks". It was completely destroyed by the strike.

Protective Edge was a 51-day military campaign in the Gaza Strip in the summer of 2014, during which Israel killed at least 2,251 people in Gaza, mainly civilians, according to the United Nations figures. Its military is operating under a directive from Lieutenant-General Gadi Eisenkot, its chief of staff, to detect and destroy all remaining tunnels by the end of the year.

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"We have not encountered a tunnel like this before", said Brig.

The strike came shortly after the military announced it would not be opening the Kerem Shalom Crossing into the Gaza Strip on Sunday, following a "situational assessment".

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