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1 killed, 2 injured in Israeli shelling at Deir al-Balah
Israel forces discover tunnel beneath Gaza border
Published Friday 21/03/2014 (updated) 23/03/2014 15:29
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An image released by Israeli forces reportedly shows the tunnels.
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces said in a statement on Friday that they had found a tunnel "built by Gaza terrorists" leading hundreds of meters into Israel earlier in the week, a day after Hamas officials downplayed the discovery.

"The exposure of this tunnel was based on intelligence, and boots on the ground in the vicinity of the Gaza security fence," Israeli army spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner said in the statement.

The spokesman added that the tunnel "posed a direct link and threat to Israeli territory," and that it potentially could have enabled "Hamas terrorists to reach and harm Israeli civilians."

"In the past Gaza terrorists have utilized such tunnels to Israel for infiltration, detonation and abduction of Israeli citizens," he said.

The statement said that three such tunnels had been discovered by Israeli forces in 2013.



The armed wing of the Hamas movement, however, on Thursday downplayed the significance of the tunnel, saying it was old and had only become exposed due to recent stormy conditions.

The claims by the al-Qassam brigades came in a press conference in the evening after initial reports that Israeli forces had discovered a tunnel into Israel during a large operation in the area.

Spokesperson for the group Abu Ubeida said that Hamas militants had "tried to repair the tunnels despite the fact that Israeli aircraft are trying to find the tunnels of the resistance in Gaza," adding that recent weather conditions, however, had exposed the tunnel to Israeli forces.

"In the context of the Israeli obsession with the resistance's tunnels and their hysteria about our resistance," the spokesperson said, Israeli security forces are having a "big celebration as they seem to think they have made significant achievements in the fight against the resistance."

Abu Ubeida added that everything Hamas does comes as a defense of the Palestinian people in the face of continuing Israeli attacks, and called for people to wait with "patience for the consequences of the tyranny against our people."

Hamas and Israel have maintained a fragile ceasefire since Nov. 2012, when Israeli forces launched a major assault that killed around 170 Gazans.

The most recent flare up occurred last week, after Israeli forces launched an airstrike that killed three Hamas militants near the border after four Palestinians were reported killed in the West Bank in a 24-hour-period.

In response, Hamas launched dozens of rockets into Israel, while Israeli forces launched further air strikes in return. After two days of hostilities, however, the ceasefire re-activated.

The Gaza Strip has been under a severe economic blockade imposed by the state of Israel since 2006.

The blockade was imposed following the victory of Hamas in the 2006 Palestinian elections and the subsequent 2007 clashes between Fatah and Hamas, which left Hamas in control of the Strip and Fatah in control of the West Bank.
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1 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
21/03/2014 15:02
Reality check: -Hamas wants war not peace. Hamas is committed to maintaining a state of war and its policy is to not make peace until Israel has been militarily defeated. -Abbas and the PA cannot sign a peace treaty, because Hamas will never agree to peace. Settlements having nothing to do with the inability of the PA to sign a peace treaty. -instead of confronting Hamas and its illegal activities that are against interantional law, the UN and EU will continue to tiptoe around them and pretend

2 ) Rondo Mondo / Canada
21/03/2014 16:11
Hamas has tens of millions of dollars for cement, iron, electrical generators, fuel and men for building tunnels to attack Israel. Yet Hamas cannot supply cement for civilian purposes, electricity for the civilian population, fuel, clean water or jobs for the residents of Gaza. The people of Gaza have paid a high price for Hamas' activities aimed at continuing the conflict. Gaza could have been the Singapore of the Mediterranean after Israel's withdrawal, instead it is another Somalia.

3 ) Little / Correction
21/03/2014 18:45
Rondo Mondo - I have only one comment to your post: Gaza could have been the Singapore of the Mediterranean if Israel did not withdraw. After Israel withdrew Gaza had no chance for anything.

4 ) Kevin/ / U.S
21/03/2014 19:46
Oh one tunnel? Congratz israel- are you going to try and promote it like the FAKE Iranian weapons shipment?

5 ) Qasim / Egypt
21/03/2014 22:41
In this instance it is a bit unfair to credit Hamas with firing the rockets last week. My understanding from media reports was that it was Al Quds (Islamic Jihad) that did it & they issued a video telling Izreel where to go! As for the tunnel, it looks very well built, Hamas must have very good structural engineers.

6 ) @ #4 Kevin / U.S
21/03/2014 23:17
The ship with Iranian arms was towed to Eilat where it was seen by many Civilians so please. Why is it such a surprise that a ship with weapons from Iran was caught? Thats how Hamas gets their weapons in the first place. Also, where is your proof that this story or the ship story are fake??? I expect a link when you respond to my post

7 ) Outlier / USA
22/03/2014 04:00
4., Kevin, you should never let facts get in the way of your comment. More often than not, people like you act dumb because they ARE dumb.

8 ) Masterful Construction / Another proof of the
22/03/2014 10:23
great Talents and techinical ingenuity of the PROUD ARAB PEOPLE!!

9 ) Mel / USA
22/03/2014 18:16
Thousands of Jews,annually,all ages,go to Poland & visit memorials & what's left of Warsaw Ghetto & its TUNNELS,built by rag-tag-clothed,desperate,JEWISH civilian(children,elderly,sick)RESISTANCE!Those Jewish life-line tunnels are PRAISED as evidence of COURAGE,FREEDOM & the right of Jews,to RESIST Nazism,racism &genocide.Don't tell us,that Palestinians don't have that SAME RIGHT in Zionism's own Warsaw ghetto,for NON-Jews,aka Gaza!ZionismINSULTS & DISGRACES the Holocaust,by re-enacting it!
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