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Footage From Inside Hamas Arms-smuggling Attack Tunnel Destroyed by Israel

'We have not encountered a tunnel like that before,' military spokesman says

Yaniv Kubovich
Yaniv Kubovich
An image of the tunnel released by the Israeli army on January 14, 2018.
An image of the tunnel released by the Israeli army on January 14, 2018.Credit: IDF Spokesperson's Unit
Yaniv Kubovich
Yaniv Kubovich

Israel destroyed late on Saturday an attack tunnel built by Hamas, the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement.

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According to the Israeli army, the tunnel passed under the Kerem Shalom border crossing, near the Egyptian border. The IDF said it also extended into Egyptian territory. "We have not encountered a tunnel like that before," IDF Spokesperson Brig. Gen. Ronen Manelis said.

In contrast to Hamas' claims that the tunnel was used for smuggling goods, the IDF unequivocally stated that it was an attack tunnel used to smuggle in weapons, terrorists and other operatives into Israel in order to carry out terror attacks.

The Kerem Shalom crossing is the main entryway of humanitarian aid to Gaza.

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