Following Destruction of Hamas Terror Tunnel, Israel Reveals Secret of Underground Defense

Following Destruction of Hamas Terror Tunnel, Israel Reveals Secret of Underground Defense

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said in a tweet: "We've opened the week with an impressive intelligence and operational achievement with the destruction of another tunnel, the longest and deepest exposed thus far".

The tunnel came from the area of Jabaliya in the northern Gaza Strip and was being dug in the direction of the Nahal Oz community in Israel, he said.

"This is a terror tube that attached to additional tunnels at the Gaza Strip", Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus explained.

It was the fifth Gazan tunnel destroyed by Israel in recent months, Conricus said. The laboratory, which has been operating under the military's Gaza Division for the past two years, uses advanced technology to discover the attack tunnels.

The operation comes after protests along the Gaza border since March 30 that have led to clashes in which Israeli forces have killed 34 Palestinians and wounded hundreds of others.

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Israel has faced criticism over its use of live fire along the Gaza border since March 30, while the European Union and United Nations chief Antonio Guterres have called for an independent investigation. The IDF says it is taking necessary action against people suspected of trying to damage the border fence or provide cover for Hamas attacks.

According to the IDF, the route of the terror tunnel was identified by Israeli security forces during the early stages of construction and then monitored.

Conricus mentioned Hamas started building the tunnel following the 2014 war. According to the news report, Hamas, has switched to riots following the successful deployment of Iron Dome to negate the threat of rockets, and the laboratory, which has been thwarting Hamas's attempts to launch an underground raid against Israel.

Hamas, which rules Gaza, has called for a weekslong campaign of mass protests at the border aiming to highlight the Egyptian and Israeli blockade on the territory. Israel's defense system to protect against infiltrations from Gaza, which will include both above ground and underground barriers, is estimated to cost some $3.5 billion.

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