In a Blow to Hamas, Israel Destroys Tunnel From Gaza

GAZA, GAZA STRIP - NOVEMBER 14: Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, hold a military parade on the 1st anniversary of Israel's attack on Gaza on 2012, November 14. (Photo by Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

JERUSALEM — Israel said on Sunday that it had destroyed a tunnel dug by Hamas from Gaza into Israeli territory, dealing a substantial blow to one of the main strategic assets in the Islamic militant group’s arsenal.

It was the second cross-border tunnel in six weeks that the Israeli military said it had detected and put out of use with new technologies, leading officials to predict the end of the cross-border threat from such tunnels.

“We have reached new technological capabilities in the struggle against terror tunnels,” Israel’s defense minister, Avigdor Lieberman, said in a statement.

Referring to Israeli border communities, he added, “I hope that in the coming months the tunnel threat to the residents of the ‘Gaza envelope’ will become a thing of the past.”

More immediately, the action against the tunnel injected another element of uncertainty into the simmering tensions over President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Source- New York Times

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