Gaza fisherman shot dead by Egyptian army - Palestinians

Lester Mason
January 14, 2018

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". It had been studied and investigated until it was neutralized early Sunday morning.

The attack came shortly after the military announced it would not be opening the Kerem Shalom Crossing into the Gaza Strip on Sunday, following a "situational assessment". "This is a key mission for us and our intention is to allow quiet and to deter Hamas so we can continue to build the obstacle".

The IDF called the tunnel, which stretched from Gaza to Egypt, a "severe breach of Israel's sovereignty".

The IDF Spokesperson rebuffed a Hamas claim that the tunnel was intended for smuggling goods.

According to the Israeli army, the tunnel passed under the Kerem Shalom border crossing, near the Egyptian border.

The tunnel belonged to Hamas and could have been used to smuggle weapons and terrorists from Egypt into the Gaza Strip. "We are responding to aggression against the state of Israel and are taking vigorous and systematic action against hostile infrastructures", he said. To press that point home, there will be a closure of the Kerem Shalom crossing, as a necessary security measure.

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman commended the forces for carrying out the "professional and precise" operation. Our message to the Gazan leadership and residents of the strip is clear: "invest in the sanctity of life and not in death tunnels".

The tunnel destroyed early Saturday morning is believed to have been a Hamas tunnel which stretched for nearly a kilometer running under the Kerem Shalom crossing near the gas pipeline and continued into Egyptian territory.

He didn't specify which tools were used, but in the past Israel has said its new system involves combat units, military intelligence, logistics and research to destroy the tunnels.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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