Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman commended the forces for carrying out the "professional and precise" operation. It was completely destroyed by the strike. The destruction of the terror tunnel network is an essential component of our systematic policy to harm Hamas's strategic capabilities.
On Saturday, the Defense Ministry's chief liaison to the Palestinians warned residents of the Gaza Strip that the Hamas terror organization was using them in its quest for violence against Israel.
Meanwhile, Israeli Ynet News has reported that Israel has also decided not to open Karam Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) crossing, Sunday, following an assessment by the army, and added that the military did not provide any details for the reason behind the move. While Israel holds Hamas responsible for everything that occurs in the Strip, the statement did not mention the group ruling the enclave.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu committed to respond to the Hamas terrorist organization with "even greater force" if necessary, alluding to an overnight strike on "terrorist infrastructure" on the Gaza-Sinai border.
"This is a severe breach of Israel's sovereignty, a serious threat to Israeli civilians and a threat to the humanitarian efforts that Israel allows for the people in the Gaza Strip", the military said in a statement.
Palestinian protesters wave national flags during clashes with Israeli security forces on the eastern outskirts of Gaza City, near the border with Israel, on January 12, 2018.
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The Hamas-run Gaza health ministry said dozens of Palestinians were injured by live fire, rubber bullets and tear gas during the riots.
In addition, they said Israel has been constructing a sensor-equipped underground wall along the 60-km (36-mile) Gaza border, aiming to complete the $1.1 billion project by mid-2019.
Conricus said as the tunnel entered Egyptian territory; the army was in contact with Cairo about its destruction but would not elaborate on the extent of the cooperation.
Nezar Ayyash, the head of Gaza fishermen union, earlier said the fisherman had been shot by gunfire from the Egyptian border.
The target struck was a tunnel that passed below the Kerem Shalom crossing.