IDF's new method for destroying terror tunnels could reduce potential Hamas reaction

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It was blown up using a new method that does not require air strikes or explosions.

The Israel Police stated Sunday that a rocket fired from Gaza last Friday struck a kindergarten in the southern Israeli city of Sderot.

The Israel Defense Forces discovered and demolished a terror tunnel that crossed into Israel from central Gaza.

He said the tunnel was not complete, but was "very substantial", equipped with electricity, communications equipment and a ventilation system.

The discovery was made several weeks ago with the help of advanced technology, the IDF statement said. A network of Gaza tunnels allowed Hamas gunmen to blindside Israel's superior forces during the 2014 war and the Israelis, with United States help, have since stepped up work on counter-measures.

An ambulance in Sderot after a rocket explodes in a street in the city
An ambulance in Sderot after a rocket explodes in a street in the city

"We see this as a severe violation of Israeli sovereignty", Conricus told journalists in a phone call on Sunday. It now seems that there is a possibility to discover additional terror tunnels, which challenges Hamas from restraining itself.

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".

In October, the army destroyed a cross-border terror tunnel built by the Islamic Jihad, killing 14 terrorists, including two senior Islamic Jihad commanders and two Hamas members.

Although there were no terrorists inside of the terror tunnel upon locating it, the IDF eliminated the tunnel without blowing it up. Once, because it is responsible for the Gaza Strip, and any act of violence that emanates from the Gaza Strip is under Hamas responsibility.

Israel has placed a high priority on halting the tunnel threat since Hamas infiltrated Israel during the 2014 war.

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