IDF confirms: Hamas terror tunnel that threatened Israel destroyed

Palestinian protesters wave national flags during clashes with Israeli security forces on the eastern outskirts of Gaza City near the border with Israel

IDF confirms: Hamas terror tunnel that threatened Israel destroyed

The Prime Minister was apparently referring to an Israel Air Force strike in the southern Gaza Strip on Saturday which the army said "targeted a terror the southern Rafah region, adjacent to the Egypt-Gaza Strip border".

Earlier, the IOF informed the Palestinians on Saturday evening that it was chose to temporarily close for all traffic the Kerem Abu Salem crossing in the southern Gaza Strip, starting Sunday morning.

The army said the decision to not open the crossing, which ordinarily sees hundreds of goods-bearing trucks pass through each day, was made after extensive rioting took place along the security fence surrounding the coastal enclave on Friday.

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Defence Minister Avigdor Liberman said in a statement, last night, Israel military carried out an operation over a violation of Israeli sovereignty.

According to the military, the closure of the Kerem Shalom crossing was a necessary security measure for those in the crossing area and while the consequences of the closure would be felt in the Strip, "the Hamas terror organization repeatedly chooses to harm the welfare of Gaza residents". It was completely destroyed by the strike. "Hamas must understand that we will not allow these attacks to continue and that we will respond with even greater force", he told reporters before boarding a flight to India.

Gaza's interior ministry said an initial investigation indicated "the Palestinian fishing boat did not cross the Egyptian (maritime) border".

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Palestinian sources say that a tunnel was the target of the attack and none reported hurt in the attack according local sources in Gaza.

Media asked if the tunnel could have functioned as both a smuggling and attack tunnel, the army spokesperson responded, "It could have, but we deal with the infrastructure".

The Israeli army did not elaborate on reasons and the exact target of the airstrike.

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It is the second time Kerem Shalom has been closed in under a month.

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