Israel says it has destroyed Hamas tunnel network in Gaza

A file image of a tunnel between Gaza and Israel (David Buimovitch/AFP)
Updated 15 April 2018
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Israel says it has destroyed Hamas tunnel network in Gaza

JERUSALEM: The Israeli military says it has destroyed a Gaza attack tunnel that penetrated Israeli territory.
Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, a military spokesman, says Sunday the new tunnel was connected to a network dug by Hamas militants in the northern Gaza Strip and entered Israel near the Israeli community of Nahal Oz. It’s the fifth such Hamas tunnel Israel has destroyed in as many months.
Conricus says the tunnel was adjacent to the site of recent mass protests, which Israel says Hamas is using as a cover for attacks.
He says Hamas began building the tunnel following the 2014 war. Israel has placed a high priority on halting the tunnel threat since Hamas infiltrated Israel during the war.


Israeli tank, aircraft hit Gaza after cross-border shots: army

Updated 19 April 2019
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Israeli tank, aircraft hit Gaza after cross-border shots: army

JERUSALEM: Israel on Friday struck Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip with tank and aircraft fire after shots were fired at troops on the Israeli side of the border, the army said.
“No injuries to soldiers were reported,” it said in a statement.
Palestinian security sources in Hamas-ruled Gaza told AFP that the Israeli fire hit Hamas military observation posts at three locations along the frontier.
They said there were no reports of Palestinian casualties.
Palestinians in Gaza have for more than a year gathered at least weekly along the border for often-violent protests, calling on Israel to end its blockade of the enclave.
The Israeli statement did not say if there were mass protests taking place at the time of Friday’s incident.
At least 264 Palestinians in Gaza have been killed by Israeli forces since the protests began.
The majority were killed during clashes, with others hit by tank fire or air strikes.
Two Israeli soldiers have been killed over the same period.