IDF Issues Warning After Gaza Rocket Fire Strikes Israeli Kindergarten

Laura Christensen
December 11, 2017

An incomplete tunnel running for more than a kilometer from Gaza into southern Israel has been destroyed, Israel's army announced on Sunday.

"The continuation of the instances of [rocket] fire will lead to a severe and painful response by the Israel Defense Forces".

The tunnel was identified several weeks ago with a unique method combining technology, intelligence and operational capability developed by the IDF.

The IDF said the tunnel did not yet have an exit inside Israel, so it did not yet represent a threat to nearby communities, however Hamas could have made the tunnel ready for a terrorist attack within a relatively short period. It added that Hamas is the authority governing the Gaza Strip and as such is responsible for everything happening there.

Although there were no terrorists inside of the terror tunnel upon locating it, the IDF eliminated the tunnel without blowing it up.

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Al-Qassam Brigades said in an official statement sent to reporters "we call upon our people to continue this Intifada, and to activate all means of resisting and confronting the occupation".

The military wing of the Hamas terror group on Sunday threatened to avenge the deaths of two of its fighters in retaliatory Israeli airstrikes.

This was the second tunnel destroyed using a new system to detect, expose and destroy tunnels in the past six weeks.

During the 2014 Gaza war, Hamas militants launched surprise attacks from tunnels that crossed under Israel's security fence and into Israel.

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