Israel reopens Gaza crossing after Hamas tunnel destroyed

It was the third such tunnel Israel has destroyed over the past two months. (Reuters)
Updated 16 January 2018
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Israel reopens Gaza crossing after Hamas tunnel destroyed

JERUSALEM: The Israeli military says it has reopened a key border crossing with the Gaza Strip after destroying a tunnel built under it by the Hamas militant group.
Tuesday’s opening restores Gaza’s main point of entry of humanitarian aid.
Israel temporarily closed the Kerem Shalom border crossing after it demolished the 1.5-kilometer (1-mile) long tunnel that ran past Israeli military posts as well as gas and fuel pipelines. Israeli jets struck part of the tunnel and a new set of sophisticated “tools” destroyed the rest. The Israeli military says it likely thwarted an imminent attack on Israelis.
Israel has placed a high priority on halting the tunnel threat since Hamas infiltrated Israel during the 2014 war.
It was the third such tunnel Israel has destroyed over the past two months.


Turkey: ‘We do not want to hurt our relationship with Saudi Arabia over the Khashoggi case’

Updated 22 October 2018
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Turkey: ‘We do not want to hurt our relationship with Saudi Arabia over the Khashoggi case’

LONDON: Turkey has said it does not want to hurt its relationship with Saudi Arabia over the Khashoggi case.

Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin told reporters in Ankara: "Saudi Arabia is for us an important country, a brotherly and friendly country. We have many partnerships and we would not want these to be damaged."

Kalin added: "Rather than making it an issue between the two countries, there has been a determination for the incident to be brought to light."

More to follow.